Josh Norman may be going up against the best of the best with more regularity this year.
After being hesitant to move the star defensive back away from the left side early in his first season in Washington, the coaching staff seems to have warmed up to the idea of playing specific matchups with its corners.
“It’s hard for them to travel at times, but will we do that? Yeah,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky told John Keim of ESPN.
Norman immediately established himself as a difference-maker after landing with the Redskins last offseason, racking up three interceptions, 19 passes defensed, and 67 tackles.
Though Manusky added that there’s also value in lining up your best corner against a team’s No. 2 wideout, and then doubling the top target on the other side, the flexibility should be an advantage looking ahead to a schedule that features plenty of star pass-catchers.
Along with the pairs of in-division showdowns with the likes of Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., and Alshon Jeffery, the Redskins’ secondary will also have to deal with Amari Cooper, Doug Baldwin, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen in 2017.
– With h/t to NFL.com
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