Panthers CB Norman expects Giants will target him

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina cornerback Josh Norman expects he’ll have Eli Manning’s full attention Thursday night.

He says Manning probabl can’t resist testing out an inexperienced rookie trying to cover Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz one-on-one on the outside.

Norman says “I expect I’ll have a target on my back, but I’m ready.”

The Panthers thought they might get a few starters out of this year’s NFL draft, but Norman wasn’t expected to be one of them _ at least not right away.

Surprisingly, the fifth-round selection out of tiny Coastal Carolina has made a smooth transition to the NFL and unseated two-year starter Captain Munnerlyn despite missing most of training camp with a strained hamstring.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says Norman has shown “the game isn’t too big for him.”

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