Morris Claiborne told reporters in San Diego that his shoulder wasn’t bothering him during the Cowboys’ 30-21 loss to the Chargers, and that his confidence level is just fine. Head coach Jason Garrett seems to disagree.
“When you’re playing technically sound and you have ability, you tend to have more and more confidence because you’re in the right place,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They went to him too much in this ballgame, and they were too effective. He’s just got to play better, and he will play better.”
Claiborne suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the season opening win over the Giants, and has struggled pretty much ever since. It’s to the point now that Claiborne--who was the No. 6 player taken in the 2012 draft--has been replaced by Orlando Scandrick as a starter.
Even still, Claiborne seems to be no less visible within the Cowboys defense, as teams have been picking on him early and often as of latel. According to fellow cornerback Brandon Carr, there’s only one way Claiborne can get teams to back off.
“We see that on film. The only way that is going to stop is if guys start making plays and get them off your back,” Carr said. “He is going to take some bumps and bruises. He hasn’t seen it all yet. I told him it took me four years to get it all out of my system to get my confidence level where it should be and see everything so you know what to expect.”
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