Claiborne surrendered a touchdown pass and was penalized five times (three for defensive holding) during Sunday’s 38-23 victory over Philadelphia. One of the holding calls erased a fourth-quarter interception by linebacker Anthony Spencer when the game was tied, 17-17. Six NFL teams had fewer penalties Sunday than Claiborne had by himself.
Carr said he talked to Claiborne after the game and was impressed by how the rookie handled his disappointing day.
“He’s a battler. He’s not going to let down,” Carr said. “I know he’s going to work to tighten up some things, but we’re still going to get after it on the island and we’re going to challenge guys each week. I told him, ‘You’re going to have those days where things aren’t going your way or you just feel like everybody’s against you. But you’re going to have other days when you’re out there shutting guys down.’ He just needs to continue to have that aggressive nature, that aggressive attitude, because it’s going to pay off in the future.”
Carr said he saw that Sunday from Claiborne, despite the rookie’s struggles.
_ Jimmy Burch