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Morris Claiborne | Defensive Back | #24

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192
College: LSU
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (6) / DAL
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The Dallas Morning News said Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne had one of the best camps of his career.
Claiborne has reportedly performed well during camp, but his ability to stay healthy is the real story. "In the past I left a lot of reps out there that needed to be gotten, important reps," Claiborne said. "This camp I was able to go through the whole camp every day." Claiborne has not been effective even when on the field, but staying healthy is at least a step in the right direction. Aug 18 - 8:48 AM

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The Cowboys switched Morris Claiborne from right to left cornerback during OTA season.

Accordingly, Brandon Carr moved from the left to the right side. Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys "hope it revives the careers of Carr and Claiborne," both of whom have been major disappointments in Dallas and are entering contract years. Claiborne had 11 interceptions in his final two seasons at LSU. He has just three picks in four years with Dallas. We wouldn't bet on the cornerback switches making a significant 2016 difference.
Jul 3 - 9:46 PM

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News has been impressed with CB Morris Claiborne's performance at OTAs.

George also mentioned Brandon Carr as an offseason standout. Both players seem motivated heading into their contract years. Beat writer Jon Machota agrees that Claiborne is "going all out" this spring, diving for balls and playing tight coverage. Claiborne has underachieved mightily since entering the league as the No. 6 overall pick in 2012.
Jun 13 - 12:34 PM

Cowboys re-signed CB Morris Claiborne to a one-year, $3 million contract.

It says plenty about Claiborne's so-far disappointing career that his interception-less 2015 season was his best ever, finishing 112th among 118 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' cornerback grades. His free agent market was predictably nonexistent. Claiborne will return to battle for a starting job.
Mar 11 - 4:44 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George does not expect the Cowboys to re-sign impending free agent CB Morris Claiborne.

The writing was on the wall after the Cowboys declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason. The No. 6 overall pick in 2012, Claiborne has played just 40 games in four seasons and has not been effective even when healthy. He should find a cold market.
Feb 16 - 10:34 AM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is inactive for Week 17.

Byron Jones will continue to start outside. The rest of the Cowboys inactives are QB Jameill Showers, WR Rodney Smith, CB Josh Thomas, OG La'el Collins, OT Chaz Green, and WR Vince Mayle.
Jan 3 - 11:49 AM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) was downgraded to out for Week 16.

Claiborne was listed questionable, but won't play after missing practice Friday. Byron Jones will continue to start outside. Claiborne isn't a lock to return Week 17.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 02:26:00 PM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is inactive for Week 15.

Claiborne was listed as doubtful after not practicing all week. Dallas will move Byron Jones back to corner in his place. The rest of the Cowboys inactives are QB Tony Romo, WR Devin Street, LB Rolando McClain, OG Ron Leary, TE Geoff Swaim, and OL Chaz Green.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 15.

Claiborne has not been very good this year, but it's notable in that Dallas' secondary will be shorthanded on Saturday night versus the Jets' four-wide sets. The Cowboys also cut slot CB Tyler Patmon earlier in the week. They'll be playing a host of backup-caliber corners against Chan Gailey's spread.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne is not worried about his latest hamstring injury.

Claiborne left the Week 14 loss against the Packers after his hamstring tightened up in the fourth quarter, but he was not worried after the game. "I feel good," Claiborne said. "It doesn't feel nothing like the last time. It just got a little tight. We didn't see no point in stressing it and overdoing it." Claiborne missed two games with a hamstring injury earlier this season. It does not sound like this injury will cost him as much time.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is probable for Week 13.

Claiborne practiced in full after missing the last two weeks. His return is a downgrade to Jordan Reed's matchup. Claiborne will start opposite Brandon Carr, with Byron Jones covering Reed at safety.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Cowboys RCB Morris Claiborne is expected to return from his hamstring injury this week.

Claiborne's return will shake up Dallas' secondary and make it better by kicking Brandon Carr back to left corner and Byron Jones to safety, where he figures to match up with Jordan Reed on Monday Night Football. When Jones hasn't been forced to play cornerback, he's often been utilized as a tight end stopper of sorts for the Cowboys. Jones most notably held Rob Gronkowski to 67 scoreless yards on four catches in Week 5. It's a slight ding to Reed's fantasy matchup.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 01:05:00 PM

Cowboys declared RCB Morris Claiborne, WR Brice Butler, RB Trey Williams, LB Mark Nzeocha, OG Ronald Leary, TE Geoff Swaim and DE Ryan Russell inactive for Week 12 against the Panthers.

Claiborne's absence means another start for rookie DB Byron Jones, who has been an asset this season, but was exposed a bit on the boundary against the Dolphins in Week 11. He'll be tested early and often by Cam Newton.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is "probably out" for Thanksgiving against the Panthers.

Claiborne missed Week 11 as well. Rookie Byron Jones struggled a bit in an expanded role with Claiborne out, but Jones has been solid all season. He should play better filling in for Claiborne this week.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is out for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

He didn't practice all week. Brandon Carr will move from left to right corner with Byron Jones on the left side and Tyler Patmon handling slot duties. It's a nice matchup for Jarvis Landry.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 04:12:00 PM

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