He said he has never been to California before. Better enjoy the weather, where the high this weekend is scheduled to be 70 degrees on Sunday. Sounds like hell.
"It's better than this," Claiborne said pointing the haze that surrounded him after the final practice this morning.
Enjoy it. Now all he has to do is be the shutdown, No. 1, lockdown, don't-throw-it-his-way corner the Cowboys desperately, desperately need not only to justify the trade to acquire him, but to be able to effectively run Rob Ryan's defense.
I asked him if he is aware of that the team expects him to be ready by Week 1.
"Oh, yes sir. From the time I got here, my first practice, they didn't hold me back," he said. "They put me out there and I had to hit the ground running right away."
Even if Claiborne is good, and the Cowboys don't have to keep the training wheels on him for too long, it won't be able to disguise what could be a weak safety situation. But if both Brandon Carr and Claiborne are solid, it would make like considerably easier.
(BTW: This is an old photo; he no longer wears a cast over the wrist.)
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