There were a lot of excuses made for last season’s very mediocre performance by the Dallas Cowboys. While injuries and coaching seem to be the more common excuses, the main culprits were players that simply did not perform up to their contract or their pedigree. In order for the Dallas Cowboys to finally return to the playoffs this year, these players have to step up and play on a much high level than what we have seen. Here are three candidates that need to either show up this season or be given their walking players.
I was really excited when the Cowboys traded up to get the defensive back out of LSU. Going into the 2012 draft, Claiborne was the highest-ranked defensive player on everyone’s board and Dallas managed to snatch him up. At the time it seemed ok to give up a 2nd round pick, because you were getting a very talented player. Unfortunately, the team and the fans are still waiting to see any kind of impact from Morris. In two seasons with the Cowboys, he hasn’t made any impact for the team and has been outplayed by almost every receiver he lines up against. Claiborne only has two highlight plays that come to my mind, his pick off quarterback Peyton Manning last season and his fumble return for a touchdown against the Eagles. Other than that he has been a total bust for a team trying to compete for a spot in the playoffs. Right now going into training camp, cornerback Orlando Scandrick currently has the starting role and it is going to take a lot for Claiborne to take his spot back. He has the talent to be a great cornerback in the NFL, but he has to prove it quick. His spot on the team depends on it.