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Norman will start at cornerback in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Norman will replace teammate Melvin White as the Panthers' starter opposite Antoine Cason at cornerback for Sunday's Week 5 contest. His promotion comes in wake of White conceding a pair of touchdowns against the Ravens; however, Norman is no stranger to starting. In fact, as a rookie in 2012, Norman started the first 12 games of his career. He finished that season with 73 tackles (52) and two interceptions in 16 games played. While inconsistent play has limited Norman's involvement since then, the third-year cornerback will get a chance to prove himself within Carolina's first-team defense once again on Sunday.

Josh Norman DB CAR 8 Months

ESPN Panthers blogger David Newton thinks the team could release both CBs Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.

Both Norman and Thomas found themselves on the weekly inactive list many times this past season. Norman played just 103 defensive snaps across three games, while Thomas saw 274 snaps and made six starts. Norman had a fine preseason but has been roasted in coverage when the games count. The Panthers would like to re-sign free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn. They were also impressed with undrafted rookie CB Melvin White in 2013.

Josh Norman DB CAR Sep 16 '13

Panthers CB Josh Normal has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Josh Norman DB CAR Aug 16 '13

Josh Norman has five tackles and three interceptions through two preseason games.

Norman was relegated to backup duties during the final four games of 2012, but has put together a strong camp and should regain his starting job at right cornerback. Captain Munnerlyn and Drayton Florence are candidates to be demoted from the starting lineup.

Josh Norman DB CAR Apr 21 '13

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said CB Josh Norman came back from his 2012 rookie year benching as a "different kid."

Norman, the No. 143 pick out of Coastal Carolina last year, started the first 12 games of the season, but he rode the bench for the final four weeks. Entering the league, Norman had a reputation for "guessing routes," and that's what got him in trouble as a rookie. As it stands right now, he's Carolina's No. 1 corner. The feeling inside the organization is Norman can develop into a top-tier cover man.

Josh Norman DB CAR Dec 09 '12

Panthers rookie RCB Josh Norman was benched for performance in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Falcons.

Coach Ron Rivera explained afterwards that he "wanted to look at other players," although it's no secret that Norman has struggled all year in pass coverage. And despite being picked on routinely, Norman has failed to capitalize with big plays. He has one interception and no forced fumbles on the season.

Josh Norman DB CAR Jun 15 '12

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas suggests fifth-round CB Josh Norman showed well enough at OTAs that the Panthers believe he could start as a rookie.

Per Yasinskas, the coaching staff and Steve Smith have been "raving" about Norman to the point where they believe he could end up starting opposite Chris Gamble, moving Captain Munnerlyn to a nickel back role. It sounds like Norman may have already passed Brandon Hogan and Darius Butler on the early depth chart.

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Panthers signed No. 143 overall pick CB Josh Norman to a four-year contract.

A playmaker and shutdown corner at small school Coastal Carolina, Norman may need a year of adjustment at the NFL level. He's expected to push Captain Munnerlyn, Darius Butler, and Brandon Hogan for playing time opposite Chris Gamble.