Morris Claiborne gets more work as a kickoff returner
Felix Jones remains the Cowboys’ primary kickoff returner despite ranking in the bottom third of the league and losing a fumble to start Sunday’s loss. It will be interesting to see how much patience coach Jason Garrett exhibits with if there isn’t significant progress – or if there are any other problems with ball security.
Claiborne, the sixth overall pick in the draft, averaged 26.3 yards on 19 kickoff returns for LSU, including a 99-yard touchdown.
While Claiborne was diplomatic about the situation, he clearly would like the opportunity to impact the game with the ball in his hands.
“I wouldn’t mind,” Claiborne said. “I wouldn’t mind doing it at all. We’ve got a guy back there right now that to my understanding is doing a great job in Felix. If they need somebody else, I’m here.”
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The last time the Cowboys used a rookie first-round pick as a kickoff returner, Dez Bryant suffered a season-ending broken leg.
“Some guys may take away from special teams because they think they’re going to get hurt,” Claiborne said, “but not me.”
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