Morris Claiborne hopes the Browns target him this weekend

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Last Sunday wound up as a very good day for the Cowboys, but it wasn’t such a good day for rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne was penalized five times, twice for being offsides, and was beaten for a touchdown pass in the 38-23 victory over the Eagles. It was the kind of game that grabs the attention when you’re watching it on film, especially if you’re an offensive coordinator trying to figure out the best way to attack the Cowboys in the coming weeks.

Teams have already been testing Claiborne a fair amount and they’ve had a fair amount of success. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram points out that opposing teams have completed 61.5 percent of their passes while throwing in Claiborne’s direction. Claiborne expects that the Browns will be looking in his direction this weekend and he welcomes the chance to bounce back from last week.

“I hope so. I feel it’s a blessing for me,” Claiborne said. “We got out of there with a win with all the things that were happening and next week guys are going to come out and I know they are going to say: ‘Just throw it over there — either we are going to catch it or get a penalty.’ I’ve got to make the best of the situation. Seize the moment and go make a play.”

Claiborne acknowledged some things he needs to do differently, including not using his hands to feel for a receiver when running downfield, and said he has the short memory when it comes to bad plays needed for a cornerback to succeed in the NFL. He figures to get plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to prove that point.

16 responses to “Morris Claiborne hopes the Browns target him this weekend

  1. “With Weeden at QB, even the peanut vendors are in play for INTs.”

    awww… another high school “start” that still thinks he’s better then most of the NFL QB’s out there.

    Buck up little man… lose that 70 lbs. that you gained right after high school and give it another try!! Don’t stop chasing your dream.

  2. This isn’t a matter of technique, the kid just can’t cover… you can only teach so much. Maybe he can play safety, but he will never be an NFL corner, and even the Boys aren’t self-destructive and mismanaged enough to leave him out there much longer, whatever the investment in him. Bust. Spectacular bust. Maybe he can return kicks…

  3. tos420 says:
    Nov 11, 2012 8:12 PM
    Dear Jerrah,

    Great to hear you say that. Keep up the good work owning the team and being the GM.

    Signed,

    The Giants, Redskins, and Eagles.

    ———

    This is one of the worst I’ve ever read. Nothing whatsoever points to this guy being an armchair quarterback. Somebody got their feeling hurt that the truth about your garbage qb was spoken.

  4. @ezwriter69
    Your analysis is horrible and I suspect you haven’t watched him play. His mistakes are due to technique, and that was the knock on him coming into the NFL. I don’t know if he will fix the problem or not, but you’re wrong. Directly from NFL.com:

    Weaknesses
    Claiborne is such a gifted athlete that he can often times get lazy in his technique. Working in off-man coverage, he has a tendency to get his pad level high in his back pedal and delude the explosiveness that makes him so effective out of his breaks.

  5. Claiborne has the potential to be great, really great. Any he may start showing that potential any minute. Problem is, he’s got Rob Ryan in charge of his development.

  6. cardiovascularendurance says:
    Nov 15, 2012 1:23 PM
    dukemarc- And yet Romo actually has more INTs than Weeden!

    He also has 3 more TDs

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