Norman makes another pick as Panthers pound Steelers

Former Coastal Carolina standout Josh Norman made his fourth interception of the preseason to help the Carolina Panthers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 25-10 on Thursday night in Charlotte.

Norman picked off a pass in the third quarter to help solidify his spot on the Panthers’ roster. He lost his starting job late in his rookie season more for tackling rather than coverage issues, but he recorded a career-high 10 tackles against the Steelers, drawing high praise from coach Ron Rivera.

“It was good again to see Josh Norman play well,” Rivera said. “It was good to see our young people play well. We had some guys play really, really well. It will be tough (trimming the roster).”

Two first-half touchdown receptions by Ted Ginn Jr. were enough for the Carolina Panthers to make it a winless preseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers and Cam Newton of the Panthers had the night off. Many of the other frontline players for both teams were spectators as well, making it a key audition for reserves trying to land spots with the final round of cuts coming this weekend.

The Panthers finished the preseason with a 3-1 record.

“Very pleased, just the whole attitude and mentality that we’ve been working on since day one,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Click Photos

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