There’s no cornerback better at getting under opponents’ skin than Washington’s Josh Norman, and there’s no receiver now playing who’s seen more than Dez Bryant. So naturally, they’re already at it, three months before the season begins.
Norman fired the first shots final week, in a Bleacher Report article where he lit up Bryant as “just a guy.” “He doesn’t ‘wow’ you,” Norman said. “For me, he don’t. For other guys, he probably will achieve the worst to them because he’ll bully them. But you can’t bully a bully. You know what I’m saying?”
Norman pressed on with runt prodding. “He’s trying to be a tough guy and that’s not him,” Norman continued. “That’s not how you play ball.”
Naturally, in the did-you-hear-what-he-said-approximately-you world that is the NFL, we had to gather Bryant’s reaction. And, well … it wasn’t much. “Why would I respond to that?” Bryant said, according to ESPN. “He’ll see me when he sees me. When I line up against him, we’re going to depart at it. That’s what it is.”
In what reads like classic I’m-not-mad-this-is-comic-to-me distancing, Bryant insisted he wasn’t bothered. “I don’t own no words to say to him,” he said. “There’s no additional motivation. total I care approximately is me. total I care approximately is that first game, that moment game, that third game, that fourth game, total the way up to the final game, total the way up to the playoffs.”
Dallas won both matchups final year, with Bryant totaling 12 catches for 174 yards across both. This year, Washington hosts the first game on Oct. 29, with Dallas getting the back half of the matchup on Nov. 30. This’ll be fun.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.