Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne was good in his NFL debut last Wednesday against the Giants, holding New York’s Hakeem Nicks to four catches for 38 yards. But the first round pick out of LSU knows he can’t rest on his laurels, as opposing team after opposing team take their turn challenging the new guy.
“I felt like they were going to come at me no matter what we were in the first snap,” Claiborne said, per ESPN Dallas. “We could have been in the prevent and they were still going to throw to my side.
“I can’t relax. That game against the Giants wasn’t nothing; there’s more to come. I know guys are going to continue to come at me. It’s my job to prepare myself and go out and face those challenges.”
Claiborne’s performance against the Giants is all the more impressive when you consider that Claiborne missed all of the offseason and a large chunk of training camp as he recovered from offseason wrist surgery and, then, a sprained MCL. But Claiborne isn’t one to use this information as any sort of excuse.
“I had to get right in and get right to it,” Claiborne said. “No one was going to wait on me. No one was going to have an excuse for me. I couldn’t make one for myself. My first day back, they threw me right out there and have been going since then.”
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