OXNARD, CA (KLTV) -
Through two seasons, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has just two interceptions. That's not a lot of production from a guy who was taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft. However, fighting to keep his starting job, Claiborne has been a different player so far in training camp.
The number six overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Morris Claiborne has failed to live up to the hype. But early in his third training camp, Claiborne looks like a different player. "I feel like every year is a critical year, but being that I didn't have that so called glamorous year that everybody wanted last year there its a big stepping stone for me this year," Claiborne said.
Jerry Jones drafted Claiborne expecting him to be the next Cowboys star, and the Cowboys haven't given up hope. "He is a very talented player, drafted high for a reason," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He has just made a lot of strides. He came off a surgery from last season and he made great gains in the offseason program which is a challenging thing to do."
Claiborne added, "I feel like I have something to prove for myself mainly. It starts with myself and I have to prove it to myself, I am very comfortable with where I am at now."
One hundred percent healthy, Claiborne is full of confidence and is playing with an edge on the field. "The physicality, the competitiveness is just getting better and better and that's really what we saw in a lot of ways at LSU," Garrett said. Claiborne added, "I dont want to call it a chip, I just want to call it confidence in myself and what I'm doing. I have confidence in my teammates and coaches and I'm just trying to put it all together. "