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Can 2015 Become The Year Of Morris Claiborne?



Cowboys Blog - Can 2015 Become The Year Of Morris Claiborne?

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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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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