• REDSKINS' JOSH NORMAN RATED NO. 1 AMONGST CORNERBACKS IN "MADDEN NFL 17"


The Redskins shelled out a huge pile of cash to lure Josh Norman to Washington, and in return, they're expecting big-time play from him. According to the latest version in the "Madden" video game series, the group will get just that, as EA Sports has him rated No. 1 among cornerbacks.

"Norman is anticipated to become a lock down corner for the Redskins this season,"study the player's blurb around the "Madden NFL 17" site. "He is greatest in zone with his 97 zone coverage rating, but has the ability to match up in man to man conditions with 90 speed and 92 man coverage."

More or much less agreeing with that assessment was Pro Football Concentrate, which listed Norman as its 11th-best NFL player from 2015 and second-best cornerback, just behind Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals. Mathieu is frequently viewed as a security or possibly a hybrid defensive back, and he was not listed among the prime five "Madden 17" cornerbacks."For most of the season, opposing quarterbacks have been superior off statistically just throwing the ball in to the turf every play than challenging Norman and throwing it in his direction," PFF's Sam Monson wrote for the website's top-101 list. "He completed the season obtaining allowed just 51 percent of passes thrown his approach to be caught, for any passer rating of only 54.0, selecting 4 passes off inside the method and scoring twice himself on these returns. There had been a few hiccups to his season, most notably against Odell Beckham Jr. along with the Giants just before that encounter descended into farce; but at his ideal, Norman was actually a shutdown corner in an era where that term has virtually lost all relevance."

The 4 cornerbacks who rounded out the "Madden" top rated 5 have been, in order: the Broncos' Chris Harris, the Seahawks' Richard Sherman, the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson as well as the Jets' Darrelle Revis.

Jordan Reed, who had a breakout 2015 season for the Redskins, didn't make the video game's prime five among tight ends. The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, the Panthers' Greg Olsen, the Titans' Delanie Walker, the Bengals' Tyler Eifert and, somewhat oddly, the Seahawks' Jimmy Graham created on the position's top rated 5.