Josh Norman, the Redskins‘ $75 million shutdown corner signed in the offseason, spent Monday night lined up on the left side of the formation. Not surprisingly, the Steelers moved all-world wide receiver Antonio Brown to the other side of the field, where he spent the evening abusing third-year cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
“I can’t wait,” Bryant said, via the Dallas Morning News, no doubt after watching what Brown was able to do. “I think it’s going to be exciting for both sides. We look forward to playing some great football. … He has earned his respect in this league. When you go up against a guy like that, you’re going to have bring your best because if you don’t, he’ll get the best of you.”
So what did Bryant think of the Redskins’ defensive game plan against the Steelers and Brown?
“No comment. L.O.L.,” Bryant said before, as the Morning News described, he walked off in laughter.
Of course, part of the reason Washington signed Norman was to match up against big, strong receivers like Bryant, but coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t commit to letting Norman trail Bryant all over the field, which means we could see Breeland again tasked with slowing a Pro Bowler.
“It could be,” Gruden said Tuesday about whether Norman could follow Bryant. “The issue is you like to not show your hand in man-to-man all the time and so every time he travels, it’s man-to-man. Then you have issues with pick plays and all that stuff. That’s something that we can look at, but we still feel like Breeland can cover a lot of people in the league, man. He just had a couple rough plays and a couple unbelievable throws and catches by Ben [Roethlisberger] and Antonio, man. Hats off to them.”
Gruden makes a good point; Roethlisberger is a future Hall of Famer and no one on the planet can cover Brown man-to-man. Meanwhile, Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott will be making his second career start after a promising preseason.
Source: CBS Sports / Dez Bryant on Redskins’ plan vs. Antonio Brown: ‘No comment, LOL’