Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant scuffled on the field and later criticized each other in their postgame news conferences following Dallas's Thanksgiving Day win at AT&T Stadium last season. It seemingly sparked a new individual rivalry for Norman, who had famously feuded with Odell Beckham Jr. the year before, but the cornerback made it clear a few days later that he was ready to move on from the episode.
Still, one has to wonder: Will there be more drama between the players in 2017?
"No," Norman replies with a shrug from behind a podium when posed that question in a new ad for the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone.
"Why did you just post this image of Dez Bryant with sticks of butter for hands?" replies the reporter in the 30-second spot, which will air during Thursday's NFL season opener between the Chiefs and Patriots on NBC. "Are you saying that Dez can't catch anymore?"
"Nah," Norman says as he writes 'I'm Better Than Dez Bryant' on his phone using the Galaxy Note 8's S Pen.
"Josh, you literally just posted an image that says 'I'm Better Than Dez Bryant,'" the reporter says. "'I'm a tornado of coverage, I've outsprinted cheetahs, oh Dez, where are you? You are choking on my dust. You wish you were as cool and handsome, as fast …'"
Norman and Bryant are expected to exchange trash talk on social media as part of the ad campaign, and while that back-and-forth will be fabricated, Norman's verbal jabs at Bryant during an interview with Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne earlier this year were genuine.
"That's a guy," Norman said, when Dunne asked him to do some word association and mentioned Bryant's name in May. "Just a guy. Dez was Dez in 2012, '13, '14. Maybe '14. Now? He's a guy. … He doesn't 'wow' you. For me, he don't. For other guys, he probably will do the worst to them because he'll bully them. But you can't bully a bully. You know what I'm saying? That's why his game doesn't resonate to me."
Bryant was asked if Norman's comments bothered him.
"No, no, no, no," he said, via ESPN. "Why would I respond to that? He'll see me when he sees me. When I line up against him, we're going to go at it. That's what it is."
So, will there be drama between Norman and Bryant leading up to the first of their two regular season meetings at FedEx Field on Oct. 29?
Yes, yes, yes, yes.
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