WASHINGTON — Josh Norman is the best cornerback in football.
Well, at least EA Sports and those behind the Madden NFL series think he is.
Over the past week or so, the ratings for the top few players at each position have been released on the EA Sports website. Earlier in the week, it was revealed that the powers that be don’t consider Jordan Reed, who finished in the top five at his position in catches, yards and touchdowns, to be a top-five tight end.
However, the Redskins got some redemption Thursday, as it was announced that Norman will be the highest-rated cornerback in the upcoming installment of the popular franchise. His overall rating is a 94, edging the Denver Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr. (93), Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (92), Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (91) and New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis (91).
Norman, who the Redskins signed as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers this spring, is given a 97 rating in Zone Coverage, the best among the top five cornerbacks. Each of the five ratings released ahead of time are below:
Man Coverage: 92
Zone Coverage: 97
Norman broke out last season, intercepting four passes, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and breaking up 18 passes. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two, and he became known as one of the dominant cornerbacks in the league on his way to being named 1st Team All-NFL by both the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America.
Between Norman and Bashaud Breeland, the Redskins figure to have one of the most impressive cornerback duos in the league.