Rams coach Fisher impressed with Cowboys CB Claiborne

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is still looking to get his hands on the ball for the first time this season. Claiborne, who finished with eight pass breakups and one interception during his rookie year, has yet to record a stat in either category in 2013.

Through two weeks, the plays most commonly connected to Claiborne are a tackle against the Giants that led to his shoulder popping out of place and a pass interference call that gave the Chiefs a new set of downs in the final minutes last Sunday.

Claiborne’s struggles in the passing game have also resulted in him being ranked 128 out of 131 NFL corners graded by ProFootballFocus.com this season.

So why is Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett not concerned about the play of the former sixth overall pick? Well, because he witnessed Claiborne bounce back from a poor performance last season.

“We played a game against Philadelphia where they got after him pretty good and one of the things we were most impressed by as coaches, and I’m sure as teammates as well, was how he competed in that ballgame after things really didn’t go his way,” Garrett said of the game Claiborne was called for six penalties. “And he just kept battling, kept battling and certainly bounced back after that ballgame and just kept fighting.

“The opposing offenses are going to have success against corners in this league. That’s just the nature of it. The quarterbacks are too good, the receivers are too good and it’s your job to keep bringing it when you play those kinds of positions.”

The St. Louis Rams, who the Cowboys host on Sunday, had Claiborne in for pre-draft visits last year. That gave Rams head coach Jeff Fisher a chance to interview the player who would end up being selected with the pick St. Louis traded to Dallas.

Fisher said from talking to Claiborne, he believes the former LSU standout has the right mentality to bounce back from a slow start.

“He has the appropriate mentality to play the position,” Fisher said Wednesday. “By that, I mean he’s got a very short-term memory. He’s not going to be having any problems with that. He understands the nature of secondary play.

“He’s going to be a very good player in this league.”

Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota