Morris Claiborne angrily stormed out of Cowboys facility after demotion

Morris-ClaiborneDallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne returned to the team’s facility on Wednesday morning after he angrily stormed out of practice the day before. Claiborne abruptly left the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch training facility on Tuesday after he was informed that he is losing his starting job.

Claiborne, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been exposed by opposing offenses through the first three weeks of the season. Pro Football Focus ranks him 91st in coverage out of 93 cornerbacks who have played at least 25% of their team’s snaps. The former LSU star is one of only three corners to allow three or more touchdowns.

Claiborne had been filling in as a starter for Orlando Scandrick, who was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy. He allowed five receptions for 108 yards and a 51-yard touchdown against the St. Louis Rams, prompting owner Jerry Jones to express disappointment in a player he moved up the board to draft.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, via Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPNDallas.com. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

After the Cowboys erased a 21-0 deficit on Sunday, Claiborne stepped up in a big way. He pressured Rams quarterback Austin Davis into an incompletion with a corner blitz on the Rams’ final drive and made a game-clinching interception two plays later. Despite that, Claiborne was critical of himself after the game and admitted he “stunk it up.”

Scandrick took Claiborne’s job last season and likely would have been the starter if he wasn’t suspended. Had Claiborne played well, he would have been able to keep the job. He’s still going to see plenty of action, but throwing a fit and storming away from the team isn’t the way to make a statement.

Morris Claiborne supposedly bought his parents this Cowboys-themed car (Picture)

Morris Claiborne was one of the reasons the Cowboys surprised the defending Super Bowl champs on Wednesday night, as he helped shut down New York’s talented receiving duo of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The No. 6 overall pick is expected to be one of the keys to an improved Dallas defense this season, but we may not have expected him to give his parents the keys to a sweet Dodge Challenger with a Cowboys paint job.

According to Busted Coverage, the photo you see above was sent in by someone who lives in Claiborne’s hometown of Shreveport, La. We tend to believe Claiborne bought the car for his parents, because it’s either that or there is someone out there who is just way too big of a Claiborne fan.

For those of you are thinking this is how NFL rookies wind up filing for bankruptcy, the former LSU standout can spare it. Challengers aren’t all that expensive, and his rookie deal is worth a modest $16.26 million. When he gets into Floyd Mayweather territory and starts buying cars like this one, then we can start making fun of him.

Morris Claiborne says he blew off part of the Wonderlic test

Morris Claiborne was heavily ridiculed for recording one of the lowest Wonderlic test scores in memory — a 4 out of 50 — and said on Thursday he blew off parts of the test.

Claiborne, who was drafted sixth overall by the Cowboys, told the media he had problems with the test and didn’t work through certain areas because he didn’t believe it was pertinent to football.

“I’m human. I had a problem with some of it. I didn’t let it get me down. I knew it didn’t reflect on how I learn or what type of person I am. I looked at the test, and there wasn’t any questions that came with football. Some of the questions were not about football, so I pretty much blew it off.

“All the talk that I was hearing about the Wonderlic is that it’s just not that important,” he said. “Everybody I talked to, even coaches and all, they were like, ‘That test doesn’t mean nothing. That test is not going to declare where you go in the draft or nothing like that. So if they don’t have any football on there, I’m here for football, so what?”

It was reported that Claiborne had a learning disability and that was part of the reason why he scored so poorly. Claiborne’s comments reflect that possibility. He was also right; the score didn’t keep him from being drafted highly.

It’s too bad Claiborne’s score was leaked, but he’ll have a chance to erase that memory if he plays well for Dallas.

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Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne without ever meeting with him

The Cowboys pulled off a stunner when they traded up in the draft to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne sixth overall on Thursday. Not only was it a surprise because they traded two picks (No. 14 and 45 overall) to move up eight spots, but also because they had so little contact with Claiborne prior to the draft.

SI’s Peter King summed up how much of a shocker this was:

Because they had no contact, King says Claiborne thought it was a crank caller when Jerry Jones called to inform him the Cowboys were drafting him.

“I was shocked the Cowboys took me,” Claiborne said, per Gregg Rosenthal. “They didn’t even talk to me.”

The selection was a pleasant surprise for Claiborne who grew up in a family full of Cowboys fans.

Dallas has addressed its weak secondary by signing Brandon Carr in free agency and moving up to take Claiborne, whom they had second on their draft board. Their defense should be greatly improved next season, which will be crucial playing in a tough division full of good passing attacks.

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Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a 4 on Wonderlic, said to have learning disability

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was heavily ridiculed Tuesday when it was leaked that he scored a 4 on the Wonderlic cognitive test administered to NFL prospects at the scouting combine. Claiborne’s four was the lowest known score since 2000, according to ESPN, and seemingly the lowest score by a notable prospect since Vince Young’s 6.

How much does Claiborne’s reported 4 matter? Not much. He’s a cornerback, not a quarterback, so as long as he can shut down receivers (which he did at LSU), that’s the most important factor. He’s still expected to be a top-five draft pick, as he should be.

But here’s another important point: Greg Gabriel of National Football Post says Claiborne has a learning disability that relates to his ability to read. Gabriel also believes the score was leaked by a team hoping to scare franchises drafting ahead of them from selecting Claiborne so that they can. If that’s the case, it’s a pretty crappy way of going about things.

A few years ago we talked about Hakeem Nicks bombing the Wonderlic, and he’s become one of the top wide receivers in football. The test may have some meaning, but scoring poorly on it doesn’t preclude a player from becoming great. It seems its largest significance is providing the media and fans with fodder to mock those who score poorly each season, even if it’s due to disabilities.

Oh, and Russell Shepard, if you’re going to defend your friend for a poor score, at least learn how to spell “congratulations” properly.

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