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ESPND: Cowboys want Mo Claiborne to get stronger

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    INDIANAPOLIS – A year ago at the NFL scouting combine the Cowboys were in the process of falling in love with cornerback Morris Claiborne.
    A big part of Claiborne’s development in his second year will be adding strength. Wrist surgery performed after the combine last year prevented Claiborne from taking part in a full-fledged offseason program.

    “If you watched Morris last year he wasn’t afraid to stick his face in there and go tackle people,” secondary coach Jerome Henderson said. “He has to get stronger. There were times where he struggled getting off receivers because he wasn’t strong enough. I think some of that was due to the fact he couldn’t lift all offseason and build upper body strength … That’s one of the things I’m going to talk to him about when he gets back in. We’ve got to get stronger because now we’re going to ask him to do that even more.”

    More: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4705864/cowboys-want-mo-claiborne-to-add-bulk
  2. Titleist

    Titleist Well-Known Member

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    He did look a little wiry last year now that I think about it. Also got his fair share of stiff arm put downs. I expect with a full offseason he'll be a bit stronger, but I think more importantly he needs to upgrade his tackling technique
  3. kirkjrk

    kirkjrk Active Member

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    For me he has to improve in all areas. Was not impressed. Hope it was just normal rookie problems.
  4. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Technically, Mo's a fairly strong player. But a healthy offseason and a full training camp will probably do wonders for him. It's actually pretty impressive how well he played last season given how much important time he missed early on.
  5. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    He was stronger than his competition in college. Pretty much every rookie "needs to get strong", but this is less a problem with Mo than your average rookie.
  6. dogberry

    dogberry Well-Known Member

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    "...when he gets back in."

    Lee and Hanna are in. When are players to be "in".
  7. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    I want Mo to get stronger too
  8. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Without having to deal with that wrist injury this offseason I expect we should see Mo's full offseason program pay off big in all areas this year.
  9. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    He was recovering from a wrist injury last year, couldn't even lift. So his strength and tackling should take a big jump this next season.
  10. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Dang, I was hoping they'd tell him to get weaker...
  11. DandyDon1722

    DandyDon1722 It's been a good 'un, ain't it?

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    I think your expectations for rookie cornerbacks have to be reeled in. Patrick Peterson struggled his first season and Revis was no island. I don't know what you thought he was going to do but for a first year guy with limited work in the off season I thought he was pretty good.

    He's going to be good to great. It's not like he was getting torched last year. Baring injury, he'll be a ten year starter and that is a solid number one pick.
  12. Supercowboy1986

    Supercowboy1986 Well-Known Member

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  13. dallasfan4lizife

    dallasfan4lizife Well-Known Member

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    mo was weak as hell out there. needs alot more strength to even be considered a pro-bowl corner. his tackling is appalling as well.
  14. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Mo was good against the pass. Thats the main thing.

    We knew he wasn't a very physical guy coming out of college. I think that is something he can get better and the weight training will help.
  15. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    I have zero concern about Claiborne's progression... He'll be much improved in 2013!
  16. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    I watched Peterson his rookie year and although he did struggle at times - he also had moments that you just knew he was going to be a major force in time. With Mo I never got that moment where I felt I was watching someone special. Mo will be in new systems so he might excel but I think he needs to gain alot more confidence and get some of that swagger going.
  17. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    Did you see Revis rookie year? He was nothing special either...
  18. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage Zone Supporter

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    This. most rookies need to strength train, and just get acclimated to the speed. No news here
  19. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I wonder if we could trade him for some draft picks?

    (stupid cowboy fans)

    I cannot wait to watch him this season...the defense will be fine with the ones coming back from injury.

    I really hope that the Cowboys spend money on the offense, like they spent for the defense last year.
  20. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    ^ This ^

    And what theogt said.

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