Norman signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2002 after a terrific career for the Sooners. Norman was used as an over-sized receiver (6-2, 230) while at Oklahoma. He finished his career with 84 catches.
With San Diego, he was moved to tight end and bulked up to 259 pounds. As a rookie, he finished with 16 catches, including four for over 20 yards. In 2003, he had battled a hamstring injury, and had just six catches, including a 29-yarder.
Norman was released by the Chargers on the final cutdown in 2004, and was out of football last year.
But this spring, he's been one of the standouts in the Jets off-season program.
"He's athletic, he can run, he's been impressive in the workouts," said Jets GM Terry Bradway.
Not only does Norman have good speed for the tight end position, he also has terrific hands.
"He has the ability to make difficult, challenging receptions," said ESPN's Mel Kiper. "He's a versatile, competive performer who is able to pick up nice real estate in the open field after the catch."
Norman's big challenge will be to stay healthy. During his two seasons in San Diego, he battled a number of injuries. But if he can stay on the field, the Jets might have found their #2 tight end.
"Norman can line up all over the field to create mismatches," according to the War Room scouting service. "He has a future as an H-Back."
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