Back in November of last year, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick recorded an interception against the Washington Redskins, which wouldn’t be all that remarkable, except that it was the last interception made by a Dallas defensive back until Morris Claiborne recorded his first career pick on Sunday--more than 11 months later.
It’s fitting that Claiborne ended the drought, of course. Dallas traded up in the 2012 Draft to land the LSU product at No. 6 overall in order to address their lack of playmakers (ballhawks, if you will) in the secondary, and though there have been some growing pains thus far, Claiborne had a big day against Carolina.
“It felt great,” Claiborne told NBC 5 sports reporter Matt Barrie afterward. “Once I got the interception it felt like a weight was lifted off of me”.
Not only was the pick big for Claiborne individually, but, with a diving catch in the end zone, it stopped Cam Newton the driving Panthers in their tracks.
“It was a big one for us,” Claiborne said. “Coming into this game, we knew we had to go get this game, you know. We didn’t want to leave no doubt. Our team, we’ve been having a couple rough starts but we came out and fought and got the victory.”
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