Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown with Morris Claiborne (24) against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Opportunity Calls, Will Morris Claiborne Answer?

 

Cowboys fans received some devastating news last night. Dallas has lost yet another key defender. According to Jerry Jones via DallasCowboys.com, Orlando Scandrick will miss the first 4 games of the 2014 campaign.

Scandrick appealed a PED suspension and the ruling was upheld. This is quite the blow to a team that has already lost Sean Lee for the year and DeMarcus Lawrence for at least the first month.

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

This is also quite the opportunity for Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys are now not hoping for him to raise his game, they are relying on it. Orlando Scandrick had been the best CB on this team through-out Training Camp and Claiborne is the next man up. Mo has to take full advantage of this situation and put all of the doubt to rest. If he is able to take care of business, we might see Orlando move right back to the slot when he returns.

At the moment there is not really any experienced depth behind Claiborne and Brandon Carr. The odds of guys like B.W. Webb and Terrance Mitchell making the 53 just blew up and this has really put this team in a bind. You would have to expect the Cowboys to bring in some veterans for try-outs soon.

Back to Claiborne, he must take these first 4 weeks of the season and grab a strangle-hold on the starting CB spot. He has to prove his worth because the Cowboys really don’t have anywhere else to go.

There has been a tremendous amount of pressure on Morris Claiborne since the Cowboys moved up in the first round of the 2012 draft. That pressure just got turned up a couple of notches.

 

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