“I hadn’t gotten my hands on the ball in a while,” he said. “Just to go out on fourth down and get us off the field, that was great.”
On the play, a fourth-and-goal from the 5 with 2:42 left in the third quarter and the Cowboys leading 17-6, Claiborne stayed with Steve Smith from the corner to the middle of the back of the end zone for five seconds.
“That’s my job,” Claiborne said. “To hold that guy down as long as I can until that whistle blows. I feel like I did a pretty good job of that.”
Asked to evaluate his technique in the game Saturday night against the Rams, Claiborne said, “I felt like I played pretty honest. The first one, that the guy caught on the slant, I didn’t like my position in that one. But we came down and made the tackle, and so we got off the field with that drive. I can’t complain. I feel like I did pretty good.”
Claiborne, the Cowboys’ rookie cornerback and their No. 1 pick in April, said he is ready to play as much as needed Wednesday in the final preseason game.
“I feel like I’m getting comfortable,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind getting reps in that game.”
-- Carlos Mendez