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May 04, 2012

Claiborne watches during rookie minicamp, but says he's 'pretty much' got the defense down

Despite not getting to practice in the first rookie minicamp of the season, Morris Claiborne said he has pretty much picked up the defense just by watching.

“I’ve pretty much picked up on where everyone is supposed to be, where I’m supposed to be,” he said. “It came pretty easy to me.”

Claiborne, the Cowboys’ No. 1 pick, won’t get to participate in any of the minicamp practices this weekend, and he’s not expected to work in the OTAs, which start in three weeks.

"At LSU, we pretty much ran the same type of defense and all that. I mean, football has always been one of those things that’s come pretty easy to me," Claiborne said.

He’s recovering from ligament surgery on his left wrist. But the Cowboys believe he will be ready for the start of training camp the last week of July in Oxnard, Calif.

Still, it didn’t keep Claiborne from putting on his jersey and taking his helmet out to practice. He stepped in during some walk-through drills, but did not run.

“You can tell he loves football,” coach Jason Garrett said.

Ryan said he wanted Claiborne to learn “what our defense sounds like and getting the communication.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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