Where will Josh Norman play?
With the addition of cornerback Josh Norman to the Bills roster, the conversation of where he will play has been brought up.
Coming off a season that surely Norman would like to put in the rear-view mirror where he recorded a single interception and two pass-breakups, Norman looked like a shell of his 2015 Pro Bowl self.
Statistically, Norman has dropped off in every major category since his 2015 season with the Carolina Panthers. In the four years he spent with the Washington Redskins he never looked like that top cornerback in the league like he did with the Panthers.
Coming into the Bills defense where last season it was Tre’Davious White and Levi Wallace commanding the two starting cornerback positions, it will be interesting to see where Norman lines up come Week one. With Norman being a traditional man-to-man coverage corner and the Bills running a predominantly zone defense, where Norman will play is a major talking point.
Say that Norman is 85% of what he was the 2015 season, is that good enough to dethrone Wallace for the other starting corner position? Additionally, Norman does not possess the speed that is required of a starting nickel corner to account for slant route which means that he wouldn’t be a viable option to take Taron Johnson roster spot-although Johnson does have durability questions.
This leaves a battle between Norman and Wallace for the starting corner position. Due to McDermott and Beane’s history with the Panthers franchise, they could be more swayed to slot Norman in at the starting position.
Only time will tell what the Bills will decide to do at this position but as training camp approaches this is one storyline worth keeping a close eye on.