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Josh Norman dismisses Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham: 'I'm not battling ... greatness'

Josh Normanis getting an early start on getting in the heads of his NFC East rivals.

The outspoken Washington Redskins cornerback dismissed the Cowboys' Dez Bryant and the Giants' Odell Beckham as not being elite receivers, calling Bryant "just a guy" and Beckham "a big kid" in an interview with Bleacher Report.

On Dez:

"That's a guy. 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."

On OBJ:

"He tries to be a tough guy. He tries to put on this persona, which he's not. …He does things that he normally wouldn't do because of all the pressure and added hype that he has to put on his whole persona. He's not this guy. If you go back and watch the games in which we play compared to the games we don't play each other, he's a totally different guy.

"When people get physical, tough, like the Minnesota game, he acts out. He's a kid. He's a big kid, man."

On the other hand, Norman expressed the utmost respect for Atlanta's Julio Jones and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and lamented that he doesn't get to face them twice a year instead of his Cowboys and Giants rivals.

"It sucks. It's the worst. Because I'm just battling 'guys.' I'm not battling against something I can call 'greatness.' I'm not enhancing my craft. Don't get me wrong. They're tough. But they're not (Julio Jones tough).Not even close. Or Antonio Brown. Someone I can actually get myself better with my every move. He got me right here? OK, if he got me there, let me think on this. I've got to come back this way. You know? I can't do that with them guys."

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