The Dallas Cowboys have benched former 1st round draft pick Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys traded up in the draft to select Claiborne in 2012, surrendering their 1st and 2nd round draft picks to move up 8 spots.
Claiborne came into the league with high expectations and has struggled this season. Against the San Diego Chargers in week 4, he was constantly beaten by a rookie wide receiver, Keenan Allen.
Claiborne dislocated his shoulder in the season opener and that could be contributing to his struggle. Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett believes that his confidence is lacking and that his technique is off:
“I think it’s probably a combination,” Garrett said. “Technically, you go back at each of the completions against him and you say, ‘Hey, you should do this. You should do that.’ But I also think confidence, playing that position, is critical. And usually those two things work hand in hand.
“When you’re playing technically sound and you have ability, you tend to have more and more confidence because you’re in the right place. They went to him too much in this ballgame, and they were too effective. He’s just got to play better, and he will play better.” – ESPN Dallas
With Claiborne on the bench, the Cowboys will turn to Orlando Scandrick to start at right corner. Claiborne still will get his opportunities in passing situations throughout the year.Hopefully he can build that confidence back up.