When players are drafted, they come with a certain level of expectation. After the Dallas Cowboys traded up to No. 6 overall to select Morris Claiborne, they put a lot of weight on his shoulders. There have been many excuses made for his lack of production. I think he’s down to his last chance to really show what he’s made of.
People often make excuses to rationalize what is happening to them or someone else. In Claiborne’s case, it started out with him just being a young guy who hasn’t adjusted to the professional game. Secondly, it was his injuries that have sidelined him on numerous occasions that held him back.
It’s time to stop kidding yourself. Claiborne is out of excuses. He only has 88 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons. He also lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick, who outplayed him. The Cowboys’ staff have shown that they aren’t scared to sit him. Hopefully, for his sake, it was a wake-up call.
If he was drafted in the later rounds, his struggles might be expected, but fair or unfair, this is the hand he was dealt. It’s a lot of pressure to be ridiculed by the fans while having the coaches lose confidence in him.
His biggest critic is himself. He realizes the situation. He knows he has to be the best version of himself he can be. He seems like he is ready to step up to the plate and accept the challenge.
“Hands down, point blank, I’m ready,” Claiborne said. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt in a long time.”
If he is ready to assume responsibility, then the the Cowboys’ organization can make final judgments this season. There comes a time when you can’t keep waiting on a guy to get it together. This is his time to show what he’s made of. He’s been putrid at times. He’ll either shine bright or fade away, but it’s all in his hands.