As the pass reached its destination, Washington Redskins secondary coach Torrian Gray anticipated cornerback Josh Norman would make a play. Instead, he didn’t get high off the ground, leaving Gray a little puzzled.
A day or two later, Norman looked more spry. He raced over from his side of the field toward the middle and jumped high. With an extended reach, he intercepted a pass.
The difference could be owed to one thing: an 18-pound vest that Norman often wears underneath his pads during practice. Gray didn’t even know about it until he was asked about it — and Norman was reluctant to discuss it. Why give away his secrets, after all?nfl nike jerseys cheap china
He started using it in the spring and kept it on during almost every practice in training camp. And he’s not really sure why he started doing it in the first place.
“It was one of my sarcastically bright ideas,” Norman said of wearing the vest.
“Everyone is different,” said former teammate Orlando Scandrick, who added that former Dallas teammate Terence Newman used to wear a weighted vest.
But Norman also said he’s worked even harder this offseason. He said the training work he put in for “Dancing With the Stars” this spring was more intense than anything he’d done on the football field. He trained in the mountains; he ran sandy hills.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
“You put on a vest and see,” he said when asked how much he notices it during practice. “It restricts you in a lot of areas, obviously gravity. It restricts you in your ability to get in and out of breaks faster. Everything you do is mental; be disciplined in your mind and you can go through anything.”
Norman said there have been some practices in which he didn’t use the vest, and he intercepted a pass in one of them. But it’s not as if he had looked bad in other practices before then.
However, there were times when Gray wondered about a play that wasn’t made, such as the time in a one-on-one drill when Norman had good position on receiver Josh Doctson, but the wideout was able to reach high for the ball and make the catch.
“It was a play for sure I thought he would make, and he didn’t get off the ground as I thought he would,” Gray said. “Maybe that vest had something to do with holding him down.”