If Josh Norman is able to put together a 2017 season similar to his 2016 campaign — with the one major difference being holding onto five or six more of those passes he got his hands on as a first-year Redskin — then he'd again be a viable Madden cover candidate for a future installment of the franchise.
Norman's a do-it-all corner who can match up with No. 1 receivers and force fumbles like a middle linebacker. He also has the swagger and personality that appeals to the younger crowd who plays the game (even if it doesn't do the same for referees).
Add up that combination, and you get a guy who's good on the field, cool off of it and, with increases in a few key categories like interceptions, an ideal Madden man. And on Thursday, Norman himself floated the thought out there:
But then, one of Norman's teammates intercepted the idea like an ill-advised Week 3 Eli Manning pass:
While not every player on the video game's cover falls victim to the vaunted curse, it sure does seem to happen at an alarming rate. Just last year, Rob Gronkowski played in only half of the Patriots' contests and registered a meager 25 catches before ending the year on injured reserve.
Fortunately for Cravens, Madden selected Tom Brady to be the face of the 2018 edition. Therefore, and thankfully, the most important member of the Redskins' secondary is safe for at least another 12 months.
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