NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Giants are likely drawing up a psychological game plan for dealing with Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, NFL Network analyst and former Ravens coach Brian Billick said Wednesday.
During an appearance on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show, Billick said he would be surprised if New York’s coaches have not talked to Odell Beckham Jr. “in some form or fashion” about how he will handle Norman on Sunday if he tries to provoke the excitable Giants wide receiver.
Norman and Beckham are squaring off for the first time since their ugly showdown in December, when Norman played for the Carolina Panthers. Beckham was suspended one game last season for his conduct against Carolina. The All-Pro wide receiver drew three personal foul penalties, including one for a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman.
“Now, the plan could be, ‘Hey, just keep jawing and keep going after him,’ which is ill-advised, in my opinion, or you want to get to this guy,” Billick said. “First off, I think Odell Beckham Jr. matches up very well with Josh Norman. Josh Norman’s playing very well right now, but I think that’s a good matchup. So if you can get not drawn mentally to the game that Norman wants to play, then you’re going to have a heck of a day. But if you start jawing with him, you start playing his game, then he’s got you.”
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