New Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said he is looking forward to matching up against New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. twice per season.
"It's gonna be fun. He's a competitor," Norman said at his introductory press conference on Monday, according to ProFootballTalk's Josh Alper. "I'm gonna play. I'm gonna give everything I got just as well as he is. … Whatever happens that day, it will happen. I don't hold the future."
Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington after the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag last week. Afterward, Beckham reacted by tweeting Kanye West lyrics:
Buy ur way outta jail but you can't buy freedom...- Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) April 23, 2016
Though they were not initially scheduled to face each other this season (the Giants and Panthers won't meet unless it's in the playoffs), Beckham and Norman will face each other twice. They will meet in Week 3 (Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET) at MetLife Stadium, and Week 17 at FedEx Field (Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET).
When the Giants and Panthers met last season, Beckham and Norman combined for five personal foul penalties. Beckham, who recorded six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in the game, received a one-game suspension for his actions, which included launching himself head-first toward Norman. Norman was fined $26,044.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning told Newsday's Tom Rock that Beckham's emotions will be kept in check when they meet again.
"It's not going to be a battle between Odell and Josh," Manning said. "We're not going to make that a point. It's about winning the football game, doing our job and doing it well. We'll game-plan for him just like all the other corners, but we have to be sure not to make it a bigger deal so it doesn't escalate into something that's not about football."