Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman isn't just duking it out with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
On Thursday, he went after Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson after he questioned Norman's ratings in the upcoming Madden NFL 17 video game. Norman, who is rated the No. 1 overall corner in the game, told ESPN.com's John Keim, in reference to the each player's ranking:
That guy? Come on, man. Be No. 4 and be happy. Come on, don't talk about me, I'm not talking about you. I mean, I'll still continue to work and try to be better than No. 1. Where that is, I don't know, but I'm working toward that. Obviously he's somewhere trolling other people. He should be worried about what he's doing on the field and if he gets beat up this year. He shouldn't be trolling me.
Norman is rated 94 overall in Madden 17, just one point higher than No. 2 corner Chris Harris Jr. of the Denver Broncos, per EASports.com. Norman's All-Pro season with the Carolina Panthers in 2015 helped him not only get that ranking but also earn a five-year, $75 million deal over the offseason with the Redskins.
But after footage was shown of Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon burning Norman in practice on July 29, Peterson took to Twitter:
Norman was quick to push right back, pointing out that Peterson is ranked No. 4 in the game, which is why he told him to "Be No. 4 and be happy" on Thursday:
Norman tried to provide additional insight on why Peterson was concerned about his ratings and practice performances, per Keim:
These are the guys who want to be where you are. They want 75 [million]. They want to be the No. 1 corner in the world. I've been voted No. 1 by my peers so I must be doing something good. So I mean, gosh they want to be there so obviously they have that jealousy in them to where they want to come back and prove you're not something that you already are so why do I have to talk about something I already am? It's pointless.
I can’t really speak with him and Josh going at it or whatever he’s speaking on, but I just happened to see something where he said that out of three games, that was the only time I beat him was on that touchdown that I got him on,” Jackson said. “It was just like it was common to say, ‘Why are you speaking on me? I have nothing to do (with this). I’m not bringing you up. I’m not talking about you. Keep me out of it.’ He just replied with how he respects me and things like that, so it wasn’t no big deal.
The Redskins and Cardinals will square off in Week 13 on Dec. 4 in Arizona, where Norman will meet Peterson face-to-face. Like his two upcoming matchups against Beckham this season, Week 13 is now a game to circle on Washington's calendar, as Norman will be keen to prove to Peterson and his supporters that he is the premier corner in the league.