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Morris Claiborne expects a “big jump” in 2013


The Cowboys traded up to take cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft in hopes of giving themselves a strong complement for Brandon Carr in the secondary.

Claiborne dealt with injuries before and during the season, though, and the results weren’t quite as good as anyone hoped for either the rookie or the defense. Claiborne said that he gives himself a C-minus as a grade for his first season, but thinks that things will take a turn for the better in 2013.

“I expect a big jump for myself, and play way different than last year,” Claiborne said, via Calvin Watkins of

Claiborne’s belief in better days to come has a lot to do with work he’s done to get stronger this offseason. Claiborne hopes that being more muscular leaves him more able to attack receivers coming out of the break and says he feels a “big difference” already.

There are several members of the Cowboys defense returning from injuries that wrecked their 2012 seasons and the team feels they’ll be better on that side of the ball as a result. Significant improvement from Claiborne would work pretty much the same way.

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9 Responses to “Morris Claiborne expects a “big jump” in 2013”
  1. newyorkshets says: May 30, 2013 10:05 AM

    Patrick Peterson is better. Period.

  2. marcolamorsa says: May 30, 2013 10:50 AM

    he actually played ok not bad but not great towards the end he started picking it up better and i only remember him getting toasted once

  3. dcterp says: May 30, 2013 10:55 AM

    Mo and the rest of the defense could make the difference to the boys being a playoff team. They depend too heavily on their offense (i.e romo) to improve.

  4. ozymandias121 says: May 30, 2013 10:58 AM

    I’m surprised he was able to put that statement together.

  5. cuda1234 says: May 30, 2013 11:14 AM

    He better get bigger and work on his tackling. Isn’t that what corners do in Monte Kiffin’s cover-2?

  6. jimmyt says: May 30, 2013 11:38 AM

    As a Rams fan I’m glad they traded up to get him. The Rams got Michael Brockers (a much better player/draft value) out of the deal and the best corner of that draft in Janoris Jenkins. That trade with the Skins has paid off big time thus far and there is still next year to parlay the other first rounder into more great picks.

  7. hit2hurt says: May 30, 2013 12:14 PM


    Not necessarily… Ronde Barber isn’t “big”, is he?

    Ronde Barber: 5’10”, 184lbs

    Morris Claiborne: 5’11”, 185lbs

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 30, 2013 5:13 PM

    Mo needs it and the Cowboys need him to have a better season.

    His former LSU teammate CB Patrick Peterson, improved significantly in his second season last year making the 2012 Pro Bowl.

    Maybe Mo can have that kind of season too.

  9. steelerben says: Jun 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hopefully he times his jump a little better than Rahim Moore did.

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