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Morris Claiborne aims high

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Cornerback Morris Claiborne entered the league five years ago as the sixth overall pick in the draft. His time in Dallas was largely a disappointment, largely due to the fact that he was unable to play far too often due to injury.

Now a Jet, Claiborne believes he can be successful. Highly successful. Extraordinarily successful.

I feel like I can be the No. 1 corner in this league if I’m healthy . . . when I’m healthy,’’ Claiborne recently told Mark Cannizzarro of the New York Post. “When I’m out there playing and I’m healthy and I’m on my game, I don’t feel like there is anybody better than me.’’

The problem is that he hasn’t been healthy, missing 33 of 80 regular-season games — one more than two full seasons of the five he has been in the league.

“When I was young, I felt like I had everything in front of me,’’ Claiborne said. “I felt like nothing can stop me. I was going to go do whatever it takes to succeed and be a Pro Bowl player that first year with the Cowboys. But, God had other plans for me, and I ended up taking a different route than most guys do.

“I don’t care where my career has been, I will never quit, I will never stop.’’

He knows that he needs to not stop playing in order to get what he wants.

“[T]hat’s the No. 1 goal,” Claiborne said. “Everything else comes after that. . . . Because when you’re on the field you can make those plays. But when you’re not, you have zero chance.”

Whether Claiborne can make plays for th eJets remains to be seen, as does whether he can stay on the field. It’s easy for a body to feel good in May. Once the regular-season rolls around, and the bumps and bruises pile up before existing ones can heal, it becomes a problem.

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13 Responses to “Morris Claiborne aims high”
  1. footballisnotthatimportant says: May 29, 2017 12:13 PM

    Wasn’t any good when he did play

  2. dirtydrynn27 says: May 29, 2017 12:32 PM

    Was a highly touted and over rated draft pick by the Boys!
    He was terrible in coverage and was burnt more than a dead body in a crematory!!!

  3. firstand4ever says: May 29, 2017 12:41 PM

    Claiborne played really well last season and graded well according to pro football focus. The physical tools have always been there. It’s always been a matter of him staying 100 percent physically and playing the position at a high level from a mental aspect. The change of scenery could help and a 1 year flyer by the Jets was worth it.

  4. medialovesthecowboys says: May 29, 2017 12:41 PM

    The light finally came on last season for Claiborne, he was quietly the best defensive back on the team until he got hurt.

    Problem is, just like every other season, he couldn’t stay healthy. And saying he was the best DB in Dallas isn’t saying much.

  5. gauchosporlife says: May 29, 2017 1:07 PM

    His Jets nickname will be “Toast.”

  6. douchebigelow says: May 29, 2017 1:34 PM

    IR by week 4

  7. joshr99164 says: May 29, 2017 1:38 PM

    Every July, Cowboys fans got used to hearing that Claiborne was finally putting all together and was the best DB in camp. Then he would get hurt.

    Wish him the best of luck but he just can’t stay on the field.

  8. 24601jvj says: May 29, 2017 2:33 PM

    All I ever saw from him was the 8-12 yards of separation WRs were able to get when he was supposed to cover them.

  9. 24601jvj says: May 29, 2017 2:34 PM

    He ranks up there with Bobby Carpenter as one of the all time worst draft picks by the Cowboys!

  10. redclaw1314 says: May 29, 2017 2:39 PM

    Correction: Morris Claiborne “might be” high

  11. pacificdan says: May 29, 2017 7:39 PM

    “If I’m healthy..” yeah, but you won’t be.

  12. vze356n7 says: May 29, 2017 7:41 PM

    Claiborne was about as bad as Mike Jenkins. Only way he can try to effectively cover receivers is by holding them, and even then, they still get open.

  13. dreadnok89 says: May 30, 2017 6:02 PM

    Garbage corner and injury prone

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