Morris Claiborne’s stats don’t look all that pretty. He played 53 snaps and had three tackles. That’s it.
But he also was solid in coverage, giving up only one reception for 6 yards on three targets, according to STATS, Inc.
Cowboys coaches graded Claiborne an 82, he said.
“It was an all right grade,” he said. “I didn’t get any turnovers.”
The Cowboys had only eight interceptions last season, with cornerbacks getting only two. Brandon Carr ended his more than two-year streak without a pick, intercepting Eli Manning on Sunday.
“I’m just letting it come, man,” Claiborne said. “I’m just going out playing football. I get my chances to be aggressive at the ball, I’m going to take them.”
Claiborne’s last interception came Sept. 21, 2014, in St. Louis against the Rams. The Rams now call Los Angeles home.
“Definitely it’s been awhile,” Claiborne said. “I’m just going out playing my game. When I get my opportunities to go be aggressive on the football, I’m going to take them.”
The Cowboys’ cornerbacks expect to have more opportunities Sunday. After facing Sterling Shepard, Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz in the opener, the Cowboys get DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Josh Doctson this week.
“It’s non-stop,” Claiborne said. “Every week you’ve got to come with it. You’ve got to come with another mindset each and every week. Forget about what you did last week. You’ve got to go lock in.”