Josh Norman trashed Odell Beckham Jr. in a Bleacher Report story on Thursday, calling Beckham an immature “big kid” who “tries to be a tough guy,” and adding: “I hope I don’t catch him outside. Let’s just say that.”
And the Washington corner didn’t stop there. He also promised he will be “letting all hell break loose” in the 2017 NFL season, implying unprecedented violence against his rivals, Beckham included.
“Trust me when I tell you, it’s going to be bad blood this year,” Norman told Bleacher Report in a startling and rambling Q&A. “You think the NFC East didn’t like each other before? This year right here? There’s going to be a lot of fines and maybe some suspensions. I’m going to be honest with you: This s–t is going to get really ugly. Because I do have a safety (in free agent signing D.J. Swearinger) that don’t give a f–k and I definitely don’t. And I know the (Cowboys and Giants) don’t have that many people on the offense who do on their side.”
Norman also dissed Dallas wideout Dez Bryant, saying the Cowboy is no longer a formidable receiver but just “a guy.” But as always, Norman saved his best for Beckham, his nemesis going back to their Dec. 2015 all-out brawl at MetLife Stadium when Norman was a Carolina Panther.
“I wish I would’ve let myself go that game,” Norman said, regretting that he hadn’t unleashed on Beckham, who speared Norman in the head that day after the whistle. “That’s one game I wish I would’ve let myself go. Let everything go. Everything. The whole thing. I was held back by trying to play it cool, trying to be a good guy. Screw that.”
Norman said Beckham can’t handle being challenged, citing Beckham’s tantrum last season while being bullied and shut down by Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota.
“When people get physical, tough, like the Minnesota game, he acts out,” Norman said. “He’s a kid. He’s a big kid, man.”
Norman said Beckham especially “tries to put on this persona which he’s not” when he faces Norman.
“He does things that he normally wouldn’t do because of all the pressure and added hype that he has to put on his whole persona,” Norman said. “He’s not this guy. If you go back and watch the games in which we play compared to the games we don’t play each other, he’s a totally different guy.”
Norman also joked that Beckham’s breath smelled like “humble pie” when he got up-close to clamp down on the Giants receiver. And he pleaded innocent to the Panthers-Giants fiasco, saying he was “just trying to defend myself from” Beckham “like, ‘What the heck?'”
Beckham skipped the Giants’ third and final OTA practice of this week, so he was unavailable to defend himself from Norman’s pot-shots. But clearly the Giants’ meetings with Washington on Thanksgiving night in D.C. and on New Year’s Eve at MetLife Stadium won’t be boring.