Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will be a little thicker in his second season than he was in his first, when he weighed in at 185 pounds. According to the LSU product, he has put on eight pounds thus far this offseason and showed up to the offseason conditioning program at 193.
Claiborne said he hopes the extra weight will allow him to be more physical.
“Anytime you’re out there playing corner you have to be ready,” Claiborne said, per the Dallas Morning News, “You have to be ready to tackle when the opportunity presents itself, so with me putting on a couple of pounds and getting more physical and being in the weight room I think is going to help a lot.”
Secondary coach Jerome Henderson is glad to see Claiborne filling out, but he believes this was a fairly inevitable step in his development as an NFL player.
“I’m excited for him to work on his body and get stronger and bigger because he had to do that to get to the level that we expect him to play at,” Henderson said. “So he’s doing that work to get stronger and bigger and faster and then you come out here today and you see him start to move and he moves around really well.
“Again, I’m excited for his upside too. He just has to be stronger. There were times last year when he wasn’t strong enough to execute a certain technique, so he’s had to get stronger to do that and he’s done the work to do that.”
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