The Dallas Cowboys view Morris Claiborne as the cornerback of their future, that is why they traded up in the draft for him. Claiborne has missed three weeks of camps with a jammed knee. The Cowboys starting secondary right now has Claiborne and Brandon Carr playing cornerback.
Claiborne has resumed practicing but he has a long road ahead of him. In particular, Claiborne is concerned about being in shape in the new Cowboys defense which requires a lot of running.
“I know the way our defense is built, it’s built on effort and getting to the ball,” Claiborne said, via Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “Will I be ready to run to the ball each and every snap and not have to be patting to come out of the game? We’ve been working on that a lot. I feel like I’m improving each and every day.”
The Cowboys haven’t decided whether to play him in Thursday’s final preseason game. It might not be worth the injury risk to play him.
“I don’t feel like the decision is up to me,” he said. “I’ve been doing what the training staff is having me do. I’m not trying to have any setbacks or anything like that, so I’ve just been following directions and doing what they’re having me do. I don’t want to get in and tweak something and now we sit here talking about am I going to be ready for Week 1 all over again.”
Claiborne isn’t worried about the rust either.
“I don’t know how the coaches feel about it. I felt pretty good out there today,” he said. “As these couple weeks go by, we’ll see. Hopefully I can shake some of it off.”