Among all the Broncos' personnel changes surrounding quarterback Peyton Manning, Jordan Norwood is perhaps the least-known player. He was undrafted, cut twice and out of football last season. But from a technical perspective, the wide receiver from Penn State might be the best prepared to work with Manning. Norwood, 27, is the son of Baylor associate head coach Brian Norwood, who previously worked under Joe Paterno at Penn State. Norwood is a football encyclopedia of knowledge, and there probably isn't a situation Manning can envision that Norwood hasn't thought of conquering. That's why Norwood's goal goes beyond merely making Denver's 53-man roster. Perfection is his goal. Speaking Manning's language and fulfilling Denver's need for a kick returner could land Norwood on Denver's season-opening roster. He was taking repetitions with the No. 1 offense Friday and is second on the kick-returning depth chart behind veteran Wes Welker. "He's had a great camp, kind of the surprise guy of the camp," Welker said of Norwood, who caught the game-winning, 34-yard touchdown pass that beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-16 in the preseason opener last week. "He's done a great job of picking up the concepts, and he's got some real ability." Norwood has played in only 17 career NFL games, the past 16 with the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012. He was cut by the Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago and was out of the league in 2013. Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said you wouldn't know Norwood was out of football for a year, but that it's obvious he's the son of a high-level coach. "You can tell he is very smart in what the defense is trying to do," Gase said. "And he really understands what we're trying to do with our scheme compared to the defense's scheme." Norwood, born in Hawaii, where his father was a defensive back for the Rainbow Warriors, has spent his free time during his first Broncos training camp reading Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers: The Story of Success." He's midway through the non-fiction book and already past the chapter about the "10,000-hour rule," which suggests that the key to success in any field is to practice more than 10,000 hours. Norwood is confident that he has studied football that long.
Jordan Norwood emerges as solid target for Denver Broncos
Denver Post | Aug 16