Josh Norman responds to Victor Cruz: 'When you're at the top of your profession, you don't look down at other people'

The Pro Bowl corner responded to the latest round of jabs thrown his way, this time from Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

ASHBURN -- It seems like every day someone in the NFL is talking about Josh Norman. The Washington Redskins cornerback is aware.

"Absolutely," Norman exclaimed following Thursday's practice. "I'll say this. When you're at the top of your profession, someone is always trying to grab at you because they're not at the top of theirs. Then I just have to reach down and extend my hand and send them an olive branch."

On Tuesday, Giants receiver Victor Cruz criticized the Pro Bowl corner for not following Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown all over the field in Washington's 38-16 loss. Brown caught two touchdown passes Monday night. Neither was against Norman.

Asked if he was aware of Cruz's comments, Norman said, "That's why I said when you're at the top of your profession, somebody is always trying to grab at you from up top because they're not at the top of their profession."

The Redskins will face New York in Week 3. Dallas comes first as the NFC East rivals meet Sunday at FedEx Field.

Seated in front of his locker with a wide smile, Norman said, "I'm worried about Dallas. Not somebody else's team that (we're) not even playing that week. I'm sure they need to worry about their matchups as well. Let's keep it that way."

One of Cruz's teammates, Janoris Jenkins, also threw shade at Norman.

"It's unreal," a grinning Norman said. "It's unreal. I'm like, is it pick on Josh week or something?"

This type of attention has been going on for longer than a few days and from many different factions. Norman started noticing the constant buzz this year after helping Carolina to the Super Bowl and then signing a massive free agent deal with Washington.

"Crazy thing is I guess if you say something you get yourself on TV cause I'm always on, " Norman stated. "Add up the number of people who are saying something against me compared to how many I say something to them, you'll see the vast number of people. Wow."

Norman says he's not filing any slights away for future use.

"What for? When you're at the top of your profession, you don't look down at other people. You don't look down at other opponents trying to reach up at you. For what? They're not where you're at. If they were where you're at, it wouldn't be a conversation because they would be doing what they're supposed to do. ...I go out there practice everyday. Get out there and do my work, get out on the football field on Sunday's. My office hours are from 1-5. We can have a conversation."

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson also responded to Cruz.

Good times. September 25 at MetLife Stadium can't get here soon enough.

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