It’s been an up-and-down rookie campaign for Morris Claiborne this season. Last Sunday, No.24 was penalized five times and was beaten for a touchdown pass by Riley Cooper in the Cowboys 38-23 victory over the Eagles. It’s not easy being a rookie cornerback in the NFL where defensive backs can’t be as physical with wide receivers as compared to the college level of play.
Claiborne has held his own for the most part and taken his lumps. The Cleveland Browns are going to go after Claiborne this Sunday. The No.6 overall pick believes he is ready for the challenge.
Morris Claiborne joined 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland with Bull and Fox to discuss the Dallas Cowboys taking the Cleveland Browns seriously, his initial thoughts on the Cleveland Browns during the NFL draft, the Browns offense attacking his side of the field this week, the Browns receiving core and playing against Trent Richardson in college and now in the NFL.
Are the Dallas Cowboys taking the Cleveland Browns seriously?
“Oh I feel like any team in the NFL is capable of beating anybody on any given Sunday. We don’t feel like that here. We don’t take anyone lightly. We just been going out. Practice has been practice. No one is laughing or playing around. Everybody is serious. We need to win ballgames and that’s the way we approach it each and every day and every week.
When I say the word Cleveland Browns what is the first word you think of?
“I didn’t really know too much about the team. I just know they are a young team and they got a lot, a lot, a lot of talent over there. Especially on the offensive side of the ball.”
You had a bunch of penalties last week. The Browns offensive coordinator this week said we have to go after Morris Claiborne. Your thoughts on that?
“I mean all I can do is just prepare myself to go out and play this Sunday. Whatever that may be and just try to put myself in position to make plays and when the opportunity presents itself I am just trying to be in the moment.”
Which Browns receivers stands out to you?
“Like I said this is the NFL and on one team you can’t look at one guy and say this is the dangerous receiver or this is the guy we have to stop. They have talent all over in the slot and the other side of the field. You gotta take every guy and play him straight up. You can’t just lock in on one guy and say I gotta stop this guy.”
Tell us about playing against Trent Richardson in college and now in the pros?
“It was good. It was good. A lot of good competition when we was in college. From what I see on film nothing has really changed about him and he’s still that downhill runner and very elusive.”