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Mo Claiborne "Competing His Butt Off"

Claiborne is hoping to bounce back after a rough sophomore season



    Cowboys coaches have noticed a new air of confidence about third-year cornerback Morris Claiborne this offseason, perhaps a sign that--after two disappointing seasons in the NFL--he’s turned something of a corner. Pun not intended.

    "Competing his butt off," said secondary coach Jerome Henderson, per ESPN Dallas. "He's embraced that he's got to play better, and he's doing a good job."

    Claiborne hit a low point last season as he lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick, but the Cowboys are still holding out hope that, with experience, the LSU product will round into the player they thought he could be when they traded up to draft him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2012.

    "He's more mature physically, and I think his technique is getting better," said head coach Jason Garrett. "I think with that, you develop some confidence, and you need confidence in any position you play, but you certainly need it if you play corner in the NFL. You're out there by yourself a lot."

    During minicamp this week, Claiborne told reporters he’s feeling good, and chomping at the bit to get back on the field.

    "I'm ready," Claiborne said. "Hands down, point blank, I'm ready. I feel better than I've ever felt in a long time. I'm just anxious for you guys to start asking me something else: What about the interception you made? I'm ready for those type questions."

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