All offseason, Cowboys coaches said they were seeing a new Morris Claiborne, one who was playing with a visible sense of confidence, and it didn’t take long for that guy to show up at training camp in Oxnard.
On Saturday, the team had their first full-pads practices, and Claiborne summarily got into a scrape with second-year receiver Terrance Williams. According to ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer’s account, Claiborne shoved Williams to the ground during one-on-one drills and yelled, “Get Dez over here.”
Maybe it was losing his starting job in 2013 or the effectively unanimous opinion among Cowboys fans that he has been a disappointment to this point in his young career, but sometime between Week 17 of last year and the beginning of workouts this offseason, it seems Claiborne had a fire lit under him.
“I’ve got a different approach just from football, from life period,” Claiborne said, per ESPN Dallas. “A lot of things happened in my life that you had to face and had to make changes. For that, I feel like I’m a better person from it even though it might’ve hurt at the time. I feel like I’m a better man after it and it’s carried over to football.”
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