Cowboys fans got their first glimpse at first round pick Morris Claiborne on Saturday night, when the LSU product made his preseason debut against the Chargers in San Diego. According to defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft--who missed the preseason opener with a knee issue--was about what Dallas expected in his first taste of live NFL action.
"He did alright," Ryan said, per ESPN Dallas. "It wasn't too big for him. He challenged the receivers the way we wanted him to. He tackled well."
Claiborne made two tackles against the Chargers, both of them coming in space, and after missing the entire offseason as he rehabbed a surgically repaired wrist, the young corner was just happy to play a game again.
“It was the first time playing in a game since the national championship,” he told ESPN Dallas, “but just being out there with my teammates, running around with those guys, it was fun.”
Claiborne hopes, as do the Cowboys we’d imagine, that he can now move on with a clean bill of health.
“That’s behind me now,” Claiborne said of the injuries. “I missed a lot of time, but I can’t sit back and dwell and wish I could get those snaps back. I wish I could but I know I can’t, so it’s time to move on from there and continue to battle with my teammates every day.”
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