If the Cowboys get their wishes, fans will see a bigger, stronger Morris Claiborne in 2013.
Claiborne has yet to go through a true NFL offseason, as wrist surgery kept him out of action throughout the team’s conditioning program as well as OTAs. Going into his second season in the league, the LSU product will be up against learning a new system--but on the bright side, he’ll finally have the chance to get an offseason’s worth of work in under the watchful eye of the Dallas coaching staff.
“If you watched Morris last year he wasn’t afraid to stick his face in there and go tackle people,” said secondary coach Jerome Henderson, per ESPN Dallas. “He has to get stronger. There were times where he struggled getting off receivers because he wasn’t strong enough. I think some of that was due to the fact he couldn’t lift all offseason and build upper body strength … That’s one of the things I’m going to talk to him about when he gets back in. We’ve got to get stronger because now we’re going to ask him to do that even more.”
Claiborne still managed to record an interception, 64 tackles and eight passes defensed while starting in 15 games in his rookie season.
“Any rookie coming in to play our game at cornerback is going to have growing pains,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. “Very few step in and play great … I think Mo did a helluva job. I think he’ll only get better, get stronger and understand the game better.”
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