Cowboys are hoping for a breakout season from healthy Morris Claiborne
MAY 17, 2014 9:51p ET
IRVING - If Morris Claiborne is ever going to reach his full potential he'll have to find a way to stay on the field.
The 24-year-old cornerback has yet to reach the lofty expectations that come with being a sixth overall draft pick. His position coach, Jerome Henderson, puts much of the blame on his inability to stay healthy.
"He's played well for stretches and then he gets dinged up and then he misses a stretch and then he has to get back," Henderson said. "You want him to just be able to ascend from preseason and keep getting better and better and better throughout a season. He just hasn't been able to do that thus far.
"I hope this is the year he breaks through from that standpoint."
Claiborne has battled knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries, which have led to him missing seven games over the last two seasons.
"I know he's working his butt off now, he's healthy now, he's moving around well now," Henderson said. "I hope he stays at the level he's at now and continues to get better from there."
Claiborne, who has two career interceptions and 13 passes defended, started 15 games his rookie year, but only seven in 2013, losing his starting job to veteran nickel corner Orlando Scandrick.
"You drafted Mo to be a starting corner," Henderson said. "You don't spend a pick that high if you don't think that, so we hope he develops and plays to that level."
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