CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina cornerback Josh Norman expects he'll have Eli Manning's full attention Thursday night.
He said Manning probably won't be able to resist testing out an inexperienced rookie trying to cover Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz.
"I expect I'll have a target on my back, but I'm ready," Norman said. "I understand I'm in a new league and I really haven't done anything yet. So I feel like I have to do something."
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 as the No. 2 cornerback opposite Chris Gamble. Norman did it 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."
Norman came into the team's...