Josh Norman pulled down only three interceptions last season, but that doesn't tell the full scope of his impact with the Redskins. Throughout the season, Norman provided his own blend of gutsy bravado and playmaking ability for Washington.
The results were mostly strong, but came with a lot of penalties. Dig deeper into the numbers, though, and Norman proved to be one of the best corners in the NFL.
In the last three seasons, two in Carolina and last year in Washington, Norman ranked second in the NFL in two advanced metrics measured by Pro Football Focus used to determine the best corners in football. The first was opposing passer rating.
Quarterbacks testing Norman found themselves with a passer rating of 61, trailing only Seattle's Richard Sherman with a 60.2.
The second metric, perhaps easier to visualize, comes in the form of yards are allowed per snap in coverage. The same timeframe (2014-2016) applies.
Norman gave less than a yard per snap in coverage, an average of 0.81. That ranked second behind Denver's Chris Harris at 0.7, and ahead of Sherman at 0.83. Adam Jones of the Bengals placed fourth at 0.85 and Arizona's Patrick Peterson fifth at 0.91.
Granted, the numbers reflect the last three seasons, and Norman played on a tough Panthers defense before joining the Redskins. That his numbers didn't slip in D.C., however, shows his level of play didn't slip in 2016 either.
Norman believes 2016 was his best season yet. Some of these numbers back it up.
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