Norwood embraces his opportunity

Posted Oct 2, 2012

Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood made four catches during his 2012 regular season debut against the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood knows the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity he gets on an NFL field.

A former practice-squad player for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2009 season, Norwood was inactive for the Browns’ first three games this year, but was active and made his first appearance on the field at the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night.

Norwood made four catches for 56 yards, including a long reception of 27 yards in Baltimore. He averaged 14 yards-per-reception against the Ravens.

“That’s part of being a professional, being ready to play whether you had played the last three weeks or whether it was Week 11 and they wanted me to play,” Norwood said of playing Thursday after being inactive for three weeks. “It was discouraging to lose those games. Being inactive and losing three games, you want to be out there and trying to help your team win.”

Norwood was targeted 10 times against the Ravens and when asked about the game, he said he wants to catch “every pass thrown” in his direction.

“You can call it a drop; you can say whatever you want, but afterwards you should say, ‘He should’ve caught the ball,’ in my opinion,” Norwood said. “That’s the goal of any receiver, to catch the ball when it’s thrown to him, no matter the difficulty level.

“Forgetting about it is a big part of it, but the easiest way to forget about it is to work harder the next week, get back on the field and do better. That’s the best way to forget about it.”

During his four-year career with the Eagles and Browns, Norwood has appeared in 16 games and made four starts. He has collected 27 catches for 324 yards with one touchdown. His skill set, production level and ability to get open have left an impression on his quarterback, Brandon Weeden.

“He’s just savvy,” Weeden said. “He can run routes. He has an ability to win one-on-one matchups and I think that as much man-to-man as we’re seeing, that’s good. You want guys that can create separation and know they’re going to be in the right spot all the time. He has a feel for the game, how to run routes, how to sit in zones and do those things, so as a quarterback, you love those guys.”

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