Monday, November 12, 2012
Stock Report: Dez Bryant up; Morris Claiborne down
By Calvin Watkins
PHILADELPHIA -- The Cowboys saved their season with a 38-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. As always, we tell you who played well and who didn't in our weekly Stock Report.
Dez Bryant. It's easy to bash the talented wide receiver, but you know what, he's playing pretty good, damn good, to be honest. He beat man coverage on a stop-and-go to catch a 49-yard pass and his diving 30-yard touchdown catch was the start of a 21-point outburst for the Cowboys. Bryant finished with just three catches, but two of them were big ones.
Jason Garrett. The head coach stayed the course with noise surrounding his team all week. His job status was placed into question by the fans and media but Garrett didn't care. Maybe he did and he didn't let on. His team was ready to play from the opening kick and finished the deal when necessary.
Felix Jones. There's a reason why Jones was a first-round pick, for games like this. He rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 22 yards, including a touchdown on a swing pass where he made several defenders miss. Whenever DeMarco Murray comes back it should be noted that Jones has been playing pretty well.
Morris Claiborne. The rookie cornerback was penalized five times Sunday. He was flagged for three holding calls and two offsides. Claiborne is trying to press wide receivers and he's over anxious at the line of scrimmage. His confidence is never an issue, and there's a belief he will play better.
Orlando Scandrick. He gets credited with two pass breakups, but both should have been interceptions. He's got to finish the job on making plays on the ball. It's one thing to knock passes down, but in a game where the offense continues to struggle, you need defensive players to create turnovers.
Doug Free. He had one false start penalty and struggled in pass protection. This has not been the best of seasons for the starting right tackle. The Cowboys value his talent, but his inconsistency is troubling.