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Can 2015 Become The Year Of Morris Claiborne?

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Everyone has known the history of Morris Claiborne ever since the Cowboys moved up in the 2012 NFL draft and selected him with the 6th overall pick. To say that he hasn’t lived up to the hype of a top 10 draft pick doesn’t even need to be discussed.

Since being drafted, Claiborne has spent more time off the field rehabbing injuries than he has spent on the field; he has managed to play in a whopping two preseason games and 29 regular season games, in his three-year NFL career.

Dallas Cowboys team reporter, Nick Eatman, reported that Claiborne hadn’t felt better about his body since college. Claiborne stated:

“Definitely, since I’ve come out of college, this is the best I’ve moved around covering guys.”

After having surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon in his left knee last October, and his right knee scoped in December, Claiborne has worked his tail off in rehab to get back onto the field. It’s going to be a steep uphill climb. But, he’s ready and he's got something to prove.

He said,“I feel good. I have had no bad complaints from the coaching staff,” adding “When they want me to go play, I’m going to go.”

With the St. Louis Rams in town for a joint practice, Claiborne got limited reps with the 1st team defense on Monday due to the injuries of Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, and Byron Jones.

If this is, in fact, the healthiest that he has been since beginning his NFL career, then the time is now for Claiborne to show that he is capable of being an NFL cornerback. The talent is there and with a little luck, and health, Claiborne will be able to show that he belongs in the NFL.

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With this being the last year of Claiborne’s rookie deal, after the Cowboys declined to pick up the 5th year option, it’s critical for him to not only show the Cowboys what he’s capable of on the field, but the other 31 teams in the league as well. His future depends on it.

A Cowboys cornerback position group of Carr, Scandrick, Claiborne, Jones, and Patmon could evolve as a Dallas position of strength. Will Claiborne ever live up to the expectations of being the 6th overall pick? Probably not. But there is no reason why he couldn’t at least compete for a spot on the roster.

Do you think that 2015 will be the year for Morris Claiborne to turn his career around?



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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