Marinelli Confident Claiborne is Ready

Mo Claiborne missed the entire preseason with a pair of nagging injuries

After a promising training camp, the Dallas Cowboys never got a chance to see Morris Claiborne this preseason as he sat out, with tendinitis in his knee at first and then a hurt shoulder. But defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes the former 6th overall pick is ready to go.

Well, he’s there,” Marinelli said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’s our starting corner. That’s the confidence. He’s gotta go do it.”

Of course, 2013 was saw low-point for Claiborne, when he was playing so poorly late in the season that he lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick. But according to coaches, Claiborne showed up to training camp this year with a new sense of confidence that showed up in his play.

“The challenge for him is to simply come back and be consistent, playing his position and all aspects of it,” head coach Jason Garrett said of Claiborne. “Did a really good job recovering from an injury at the end of last season and he had to deal with another one during training camp. He’s really worked hard to get himself healthy and ready to go.

“He has a chance to be a really good player for us and a complete player for us. Part of being a complete corner is being able to cover, play man, play zone but also be a physical player at the line of scrimmage and as a tackler. We feel like he’s improved in that area and hopefully this injury that he’s been dealing with doesn’t prevent him from being able to do that.”

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