"We feel like he is a guy who is very talented and still needs to grow and develop," coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He has certainly shown flashes of the player that we drafted with the sixth pick of the draft a couple of years ago. He has a very good feel for covering guys and just plays that position at a high level. We have a lot of confidence in Mo."
Claiborne has missed seven games due to injuries and lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick last season. “He needs to get stronger as a player," Garrett told the paper. "He is working very hard to do that. It’s a hard position to transition into in the NFL.
"We have asked him to do a lot, coming in here on day one, being a starter for us. But as much as anything else, get healthy, get stronger and keep learning and grow as a player. We have a lot of confidence in him."
Coach Jason Garrett is looking at other teams' approaches to find a solution. He might cut back the time players spend on the field early in the offseason, the report said.
“It is valuable to do the football stuff. We don’t feel like there’s a lot of football stuff right now,” Garrett told the website. “We want to be careful about how much we take away from that. But there’s a couple weeks prior to all that stuff starting. We’ve talked about tweaking the daily schedule and what we’re doing those first couple weeks as we start to lay the foundation for the offseason.”
The report says Claiborne has been a major disappointment in his two seasons after being selected at No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft. Since then, Claiborne has just two interceptions, 14 pass breakups and 17 weeks spent on the injury report.
He has fallen behind Orlando Scandrick as the third corner, and the report says the Cowboys should consider trading Claiborne for a third-round pick.
All seven players were able to fully participate in practice Friday. Harris and Claiborne are both dealing with hamstring injuries.
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