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07:15 AM ET 09.18 | Transitions to the NFL can be tough, and, two seasons removed from being college football's best cornerback, Morris Claiborne has yet to make The Leap. Claiborne had six interceptions his junior year at LSU in 2011 en route to earning the Jim Thorpe Award. In 17 games for the Cowboys, Claiborne has barely touched the football. He has only eight pass breakups and one interception. The Cowboys traded up eight spots in last year's NFL draft to make Claiborne the first defensive player selected at sixth overall. He was solid his rookie season but didn't show the ball-hawking skills he had at LSU. Claiborne certainly hasn't delivered the impact that the Cowboys envisioned from him. Now he's trying to manage a left shoulder injury that's likely to limit him all season.

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September 18, 2013  07:24 AM ET

He's constantly been hurt.

September 18, 2013  07:38 AM ET

Breakups and picks are a bad metric. They should be looking at how many passes his man catches, and how many times he gets totally burned.

Quarterbacks ain't dumb. (Well, a few are, but...) They avoid throwing to guys who are well covered. (Well, most of them do, but...) When a defensive back doesn't have big numbers, sometimes it means that QBs respect him. Or, sometimes it means the guy on the other side of the field sucks more.

September 18, 2013  07:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Drafting defensive players is a little more tricky

Word... Especially corners. Hit or miss.

September 18, 2013  07:46 AM ET

They played better in the loss to the Chiefs then they did in the win against the Giants. Only gave up 200 yards passing. That's not to bad especially with Mo playing part time.

September 18, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They played better in the loss to the Chiefs then they did in the win against the Giants. Only gave up 200 yards passing. That's not to bad especially with Mo playing part time.

The opponent had more to do with that than the defense. The Giants have more firepower than the Chiefs do.

September 18, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Word... Especially corners. Hit or miss.

Talk to Belichick about that.

September 18, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

...The Giants have more firepower than the Chiefs do.

I think the Rams do too... particularly at QB.

September 18, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Breakups and picks are a bad metric. They should be looking at how many passes his man catches, and how many times he gets totally burned.Quarterbacks ain't dumb. (Well, a few are, but...) They avoid throwing to guys who are well covered. (Well, most of them do, but...) When a defensive back doesn't have big numbers, sometimes it means that QBs respect him. Or, sometimes it means the guy on the other side of the field sucks more.

I'm still a bit rough on football history, but isn't that how Deion Sanders would "shut down" a whole side of the field? Often QBs wouldn't even throw to that area of the field.

September 18, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think the Rams do too... particularly at QB.

Sunday is gonna be interesting.

September 18, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The opponent had more to do with that than the defense. The Giants have more firepower than the Chiefs do.

Indeed. We got torched by the Giants. He's got to come into his own.. Soon..

September 18, 2013  09:43 AM ET

at least he's not alone in the "he's not delivering" dept.

September 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Claiborne not delivering for Dallas

Then switch to UPS.

September 18, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They played better in the loss to the Chiefs then they did in the win against the Giants. Only gave up 200 yards passing. That's not to bad especially with Mo playing part time.

True, but one must remember who was throwing the ball. Alex limits out at 200 yds per game.

September 18, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sunday is gonna be interesting.

Yes it is, Hank... possibly one of the key games of the season for our heroes.

They lose this and they are in serious trouble.

September 18, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yes it is, Hank... possibly one of the key games of the season for our heroes. They lose this and they are in serious trouble.

They should have beaten KC, but did not.

I think they pull this one out.

September 18, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yes it is, Hank... possibly one of the key games of the season for our heroes.

They lose this and they are in serious trouble.

I dunno Otis. 7-9 could win the division. ;-)

September 18, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They should have beaten KC, but did not.

I think they pull this one out.

Not exactly oozing confidence here Hank. They're 4.5 point favourites at home and they "pull it out"?

September 18, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Not exactly oozing confidence here Hank. They're 4.5 point favourites at home and they "pull it out"?

I think the point we are making here Canuck...


These guys just aren't that good.

 
September 18, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Not exactly oozing confidence here Hank.

Says the 0-2 Vikes fan who picked Chicago last week.....

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