Fact: The Dallas Cowboys had the worst defense in the NFL last season. Fact: The poor play of linebacker Bruce Carter and cornerback Morris Claiborne attributed to that lackluster performance. Fact: Both players could be considered draft busts. But which player needs to have a bigger 2014?
The sixth overall pick in 2012, Claiborne came out of LSU as the highest-rated corner prospect since Deion Sanders, according to Cowboys scouts. The athletic playmaking ball-hawk has been anything but in his first two injury-plagued seasons in Dallas. Claiborne even lost his starting job to veteran corner Orlando Scandrick mid-season last year…and that was on the worst defense in Cowboys history! With two years left on his rookie contract, some speculated Claiborne as trade bait for the front office this offseason. If he does indeed play in Dallas this season, Mo certainly needs to prove himself worthy of the trade that brought him here sooner than later.
On the other hand, Carter recorded the best season of his career statically last season. But his struggles in coverage early on resulted in him lose his starting role for one game. The biggest issue that resulted from that whole situation was that Carter didn’t think he did anything wrong. He did an admirable job filling-in for the injured Sean Lee late in the year, but that hardly makes up for the struggles with injuries and inconsistent play in his first three seasons. And now Carter is entering the final year of his rookie deal without a hint of a possible extension. He will be literally be playing for his job in 2014.
So here’s today’s poll question: Who Needs To Have A Bigger 2014: Morris Claiborne or Bruce Carter? Leave your vote below and feel free to explain your choice in our comments section.
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