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Training Camp, Day 3: Mo Claiborne Steps it Up

Training camp is in full swing after day three, and first day of camp with pads on. When the pads come on, that’s when things really start to get interesting. You see the intensity rise and players being more aggressive.

With that said, here are some players that have stood out so far.

Defense
Offense
J.J. Wilcox Tony Romo
Henry Melton Dez Bryant
Bruce Carter Cole Beasley
Morris Claiborne Zack Martin
Tyrone Crawford Travis Frederick
DeVonte Holloman Devin Street
Orlando Scandrick Dwayne Harris
Nick Hayden

 

The one person I think is standing out more than anyone else in Oxnard is Mo Claiborne. Which is fine by me; I wrote about the possibility for 2014 to be Mo’s break out year and, so far, he’s making me look good. Head Coach Jason Garrett used Claiborne as an example when speaking in a meeting with players on how each person should prepare mentally and physically.

We’ve heard about it, so now everyone wants to see it. And Claiborne has most certainly shown he is a different player from years past.

Physically, he has bulked up, and his confidence is out the roof. The man is coming into this training camp with a boulder-sized chip on his shoulder. You can see the confidence and the new-found dog in him when he was covering Terrance Williams. [su_lightbox src=”http://www.dallascowboys.com/multimedia/videos/First-Padded-Practice-Leads-To-First-Camp-Scuffle-/536a11cb-664e-4b79-9ecf-40efe547aaf8″]In the video[/su_lightbox], you can see Mo just man handle Williams, and at one point, he waved Williams off to cover Dez Bryant in the drill.

Hard to tell just by watching it on video, but not only did Mo handle Williams physically, he got in his head as well. The situation reached a point where the two had to be separated and sat down for the remainder of the drill.

I don’t know about you guys, but this team hasn’t had that edge, nastiness, bad attitude, or dog – any word you choose – on this defense in a very long time. I welcome the dog side of Mo Claiborne. It’s something this team could desperately use this season.

What do you think?

Brian Leatherman

Written by Brian Leatherman

Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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