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Cornerback Morris Claiborne gaining confidence each week

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has been a standout so far this season.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has been a standout so far this season. Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne continues to put together the best season in his career. The latest example game came Sunday in New Orleans.

Claiborne contained Brandin Cooks all night. Cooks finished the game with four catches for 25 yards, the longest being a 13-yard reception. That’s the fewest receiving yards Cooks has had all season.

“Just count it as another building block,” Claiborne said on Monday during a charity event at Galleria Dallas.

“It’s another week where I feel more comfortable and confident. As the week goes on, as practices go on, I feel more confident in what I’m doing and in my ability to go out and play. I know I can go out and cover guys. It’s just putting in the work and going out and getting it done.”

Claiborne, largely considered a bust to date after being the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of LSU, has been the Cowboys’ best defensive back so far this season. He played Atlanta receiver Julio Jones the best of anyone in the secondary in Week 3, and is looking forward against going against the NFL’s top passing offense when the New England Patriots visit Sunday.

“You look forward to playing against good competition like [Tom] Brady,” Claiborne said. “You look forward to playing those big-name receivers, big-name quarterbacks. You embrace the challenge. If you run from it, you shouldn’t be in this league.”

The only thing missing from Claiborne so far this season is an interception. He dropped a potential interception against the Falcons in the first quarter.

“We haven’t been fortunate to come up with many at all, but that’s something we have to face,” Claiborne said. “We have to be more aggressive in going to get the ball and try to be plus-2 every game.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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