FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Forget a southern version of Thunder
and Lightning, at least for now.
Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood just want to punish opponents
for the Atlanta Falcons this season.
If they earn nicknames as a tandem of running backs, that's
fine, but Turner and Norwood have worked together just two days in
They still must endure organized team workouts next month, the
oppressive heat of training camp in midsummer and four preseason
games before the September 7th opener against Detroit.
Turner said today, ``It's going to be a dangerous backfield.
It's going to work out well for us because we're two totally
different kinds of backs. That's going to give the defense some
The New York Giants used a two-back attack with Tiki Barber
(Lightning) and Ron Dayne (Thunder) to win the 2000 NFC
championship, but Turner and Norwood are essentially career backups
seeking to prove their abilities.
Expectations are higher for Turner, who left San Diego as a free
agent and signed a six-year contract with approximately $15 million
in guarantees. He earned a huge payday for a three-year veteran
with one career start behind former league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson,
but new Falcons coach Mike Smith believes Atlanta made a wise
Norwood, who spent his first two seasons playing behind Warrick
Dunn, also seeks a more defined role. He and Turner could share the
backfield in some sets, but the depth chart calls for Norwood to
work in a supporting role again this year.
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