The Buffalo Bills signed former All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman in early March, but the eight-year NFL veteran hasn’t said anything publicly about joining his new team, until Wednesday.
Norman appeared on video with TMZ to discuss expectations for the Bills in 2020 and what he’s expecting out of himself in his new role.
To say Norman is confident about his new team and its potential in 2020 might be a bit of an understatement. He said that even if Tom Brady was still the quarterback of the New England Patriots he’d like his team’s chances to win the division.
“With or without him being there, we was going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Norman said. “Coming in, I know the philosophy of the head coach and the GM already. Mindset-wise, it didn’t matter who was at the quarterback position for the opposing team. It was just going to be about us and not nobody else. That’s what I think the mindset going into this year is all about: Separating yourself from the pack. Going out there and doing your thing, worrying about you, and don’t concern yourself with anybody else.”
Norman played four seasons in Carolina when current Bills coach Sean McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Panthers. He finished off his final year there by earning first team All-Pro honors and he thinks a return to form is coming after a few disappointing seasons in Washington.
Critics believe the best football is behind Norman but the 32-year-old said he’s ready to prove his doubters wrong this season when he gets a chance to compete for a job opposite All-Pro Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White.
“I feel like All-World is coming. I want to put it out there to say that but you put things in the atmosphere and they are even though you have to work on them and get through it,” Norman said. “For me it’s just something I always pride myself in being one of the best to do it. Try to go out there and show it (while) having all this other talk all out there. But you can’t do anything about that. You just have to put it on your back and go out there and carry that chin up.”
Norman said that his main concern is to win a championship in Buffalo. He also spoke about former teammate Cam Newton and that it’s head-scratching that he’s not on a team yet.
“If a guy of that magnitude of talent is not on one of (the 32) teams, you kind of got to scratch your head,” Norman said. “It’s like, ‘somebody else is better than that?’ I would say no to that, especially a healthy Cam Newton. Who wouldn’t want somebody that big and athletic to be a part of their team?”