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Cowboys enrolling Claiborne to kickoff club

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08:03 AM ET 04.30 | Dallas hasn't been shy about sending its coveted young talent to the kick-return wolves, and it may again in 2012. The Cowboys might be willing to allow first-round pick Morris Claiborne to return kickoffs just as they have asked Dez Bryant to return punts. It's dangerous, putting two of their better young players on the field for dangerous collisions, but the Cowboys apparently feel the risk is worth the reward, given their lack of juice on those units last season with Bryant banged up. They will, however, have to find a third returner option, and the leading candidate remains Dwayne Harris.

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April 30, 2012  08:07 AM ET

You got to use the players you have, this makes more sense than Chicago taking Hester off these duties.

April 30, 2012  08:08 AM ET

I would prefer he spend his time becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but that's just me.

April 30, 2012  08:13 AM ET

At least when you're returning kicks you can usually see what's coming at you. I think more recievers take bad hits than kick return specialists.

April 30, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would prefer he spend his time becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but that's just me.

given that most kicks end up out of the endzone, it's kind of a non issue.

April 30, 2012  08:21 AM ET

My guess is this is the first thing he's been enrolled in in quite some time.

April 30, 2012  08:22 AM ET

He might want to enroll in the ESL club too.

April 30, 2012  08:32 AM ET

They might be willing to let him return kicks. They might be willing to let him sell hotdogs in the stands at halftime, too.

April 30, 2012  08:32 AM ET

The Pats use Wes Welker as a return man.

April 30, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They might be willing to let him return kicks. They might be willing to let him sell hotdogs in the stands at halftime, too.

Mr. "I don't need no steenking Wonderlic" might have a hard time making change, though.

April 30, 2012  08:40 AM ET
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Mr. "I don't need no steenking Wonderlic" might have a hard time making change, though.

His agent will be willing to help out. He gets a percentage, ya know.

April 30, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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Mr. "I don't need no steenking Wonderlic" might have a hard time making change, though.

I know some women that have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderlick.

April 30, 2012  09:03 AM ET

As long as he can play corner, every thing else will work itself out. I don't care if he can't spell his own name as long as he can play corner.

April 30, 2012  09:09 AM ET

OK, but the KOR is fast becoming DOA and the rules committee is looking to make further changes, possibly eliminate it completely. I doubt that will happen though.
In 2011 43.5% were touc hbacks compared to 16.4% in 2010. As Casey would say, "yo could hunt it up."

April 30, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

OK, but the KOR is fast becoming DOA and the rules committee is looking to make further changes, possibly eliminate it completely. I doubt that will happen though. In 2011 43.5% were touc hbacks compared to 16.4% in 2010. As Casey would say, "yo could hunt it up."

They need to go to the XFL approach and put the ball on the 50 and let teams race for it.

April 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I know some women that have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderlick.

The Hindlick Maneuver gets raves in some quarters, too.

April 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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They need to go to the XFL approach and put the ball on the 50 and let teams race for it.

What does the LFL do?

April 30, 2012  10:11 AM ET

I wouldn't risk him on kickoffs!! But who an I?

April 30, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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The Hindlick Maneuver gets raves in some quarters, too.

Like the old "brown-tongue" taste????

April 30, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Like the old "brown-tongue" taste????

There's any entire group of hockey players in Detroit that have earned their red wings.

 
April 30, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Well, returning kickoffs is pretty easy these days. Watch the ball sail over the end line and trot back to the bench

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