IRVING, Texas - With all due respect to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the man is full of it. A couple of days before the NFL draft, Garrett said no one can be expected to be a starting player in the NFL from Day 1. Bull blank.
If the Dallas Cowboys dealt a second round pick to move up to draft LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne and don't expect him to be a Day 1 starter something is terribly wrong. The way the NFL is today with such rapid turnover a player like this needs to be on the field immediately.
Despite an injured wrist that still requires a cast, Claiborne did practice a little with his rookie teammates on the first day of Cowboys rookie camp. Claiborne said the pins will come out next week.
"I was holding myself back. The whole time I wanted to get out there," Claiborne said. "I see this is all about business and all about work, as it should be."
Brandon Carr and Claiborne should be the opening day starters at corner with Mike Jenkins as a nickel. As much as I personally like Jenkins and believe in his ability, the man has a hard time staying healthy and Carr and Claiborne should be upgrades.
"I'm going go out and work hard and try to earn a spot on this team," Claiborne said. "It's a goal to start. Who wouldn't want to start?"
As Bill Parcells said, "Don't get in the way of progress."
Unless Claiborne is injured, to put either Carr or Jenkins in front of him is impeding development that is crucial to this team's success.
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