Second-year cornerback Morris Claiborne was targeted quite a bit against the Giants last year--they completed seven of nine targets for 53 yards--presumably because he was a rookie and coming off thumb surgery. In the season opener against those Giants this week, Claiborne expects much of the same, because he’s coming off a knee injury.
“I knew they were going to come after me regardless of the fact, if I had double coverage, triple coverage, they were coming at me,” Claiborne said of last year’s match-ups, per the Dallas Morning News. “But last year I learned a lot.”
Claiborne struggled with injuries again this preseason, as he was forced to deal with a bout of migraines early on, then jammed his knee in early August, a pair of injuries that kept him out of all the Cowboys’ preseason games. The LSU product told reporters this week that he’s getting closer to full strength, but admits his conditioning isn’t exactly optimal going into Week 1.
“I feel like I’m getting closer,” Claiborne said. “I know if I had to go play a game tomorrow I feel like I can get through that whole game, but I’m going to get a little winded.”
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