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Carolina Panthers DB Josh Norman deserves to play more, Ron Rivera says

Carolina cornerback Josh Norman had zero defensive snaps against Tampa Bay in Sunday’s 20-14 victory by the Panthers. That likely won’t be the case Sunday against Detroit.

Rivera said he wanted to see more out of the third-year cornerback after he put together a good preseason.

“I think Josh Norman deserves an opportunity to play,” Rivera said. “And we talked about that (Monday) as a coaching staff. Josh did some really good things on special teams; I know he got the penalty, but man he was aggressive. He blocked really well on the big return Philly (Brown) had, in fact he had two nice blocks on that.

“Josh will do whatever he can to help the team, and he told us that. In all honesty as we looked at that, he needs to play and that will be addressed.”

Norman had 10 special teams plays against the Bucs. He was called for holding on a second-quarter punt, but his block for Brown on a fourth-quarter punt helped Brown get a 23-yard return.

“When you’re not out there on the field with those 11 (defensive) guys, you see the intensity they have and you want to be out there with them,” Norman said. “You want to find other ways to be useful.

“Whatever they decide to do, I’m ready to go.”

Antoine Cason and Melvin White played cornerback in all 56 of Carolina’s defensive snaps.

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