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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Morris Claiborne faces another tough test

By Calvin Watkins


IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne was targeted six times Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons and had five passes completed on him while also recording one pass breakup. Claiborne almost had an interception but lost the ball as he came down to the ground.

It was tough test for Claiborne, who faced one of the NFC's best tandems in Julio Jones and Roddy White. Claiborne was beaten on a 38-yard pass play by Jones in the first quarter.

"I felt like it went pretty well," Claiborne said of his performance. "I gave up a couple of plays, but I mean, it's the NFL, guys are going to catch balls on you. I felt like, overall, I played pretty good."

On Sunday afternoon, Claiborne will take on a similar pair of wide receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson and Maclin are fast and stretch defenses deep. The Falcons exploited the Cowboys' zone defense with completions over the middle.

The Eagles might do the same, especially if they're trying to get rid of the ball quickly to protect quarterback Michael Vick, who is getting beaten up in the pocket because of an inconsistent offensive line.

"They got some speed on their side of the ball," Claiborne said. "They got some guys who can go out there and go get it. Vick is the type of quarterback who can get them the ball."