The narrative of Morris Claiborne’s career to this point has been one of disappointment and frustration, a No. 6 overall pick who has struggled to find his stride in the NFL, thanks in large part to a history of injuries that forced him to miss 24 games in his first four seasons.
So it should come as no surprise that Claiborne would like to change the narrative.
“I’m ready to change it,” Claiborne told the team’s official website. “When y’all come talk to me, I want y’all to say ‘Oh, that was a nice pick’ or ‘Oh, you made a great play.’ ‘How’s it feeling going to the Pro Bowl?’ or ‘How’s it feel going to the Super Bowl?’ That’s the questions I want. I’m ready to take on that task, and I know the coaches expect a lot from me.”
The 2015 season was the first in which Claiborne failed to record an interception, but his seven passes broken up were just one off his career high. He still only played 11 games, but that’s actually the most action he’s seen since he played in 15 games as a rookie in 2012.
“I just need to prove to myself that I know that I can go out and make plays,” Claiborne said. “It hasn’t happened for me, but I feel like it’s going to happen when it happens. But right now I’m pushing the issue.”