This weekend, the New York Giants will play against divisional rivals the Washington Redskins for the first time in the 2016 season. That means we'll get the first matchup between Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and cornerback Josh Norman since their spat last year.
When the Giants played against the Carolina Panthers in Week 15 of the 2015 season, Beckham and Norman locked horns and battled with one another to a point where both players were fined and the wide receiver was suspended for a helmet to helmet hit.
When the media spoke to the cornerback to see if the rivalry was still there, Norman decided to praise the two-time Pro Bowler instead, saying he was a good challenger on the field. He also said he had no hard feelings for the helmet to helmet hit last year.
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He said according to NFL.com: "God tells us to forgive all. So I'm working on that," Norman mused. "But I have moved past it. That was last year. There are things that happened in the past that stay in the past whether they're here or not. I'm sure he didn't want it to happen, just like everybody else didn't. But it did. My feelings about it, really doesn't matter to be honest with you."
Whether or not Norman is just playing mind games with the media before the game is unclear, but it's still going to be a very interesting contest between the two players on Sunday even if there isn't a heated rivalry anymore.
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One remaining question that needs to be answered is if Norman will have one-on-one coverage of Beckham. During the first two weeks of the season, the cornerback never solely covered top receivers Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant when the Redskins played against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys respectively.
Following the fact they went 0-2 in those two games as well, the Redskins may have to change things up in the secondary in order to try and get their first win of the season. Norman could be covering Beckham this weekend which may reignite their rivalry on the field.
The cornerback has said they haven't spoken since that clash last year, so along with the talent both players have, it's bound to be a good contest between the two.
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