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By Jonathan Bales

Projecting Morris Claiborne in 2013

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At Dallas News, I broke down how I think Morris Claiborne will perform in 2013.

Claiborne will likely be in coverage about as often as he was in 2012, i.e. around 500 snaps. The cornerback will be targeted more often because of the nature of the Cowboys’ new defense, so 85 targets isn’t an unreasonable expectation. If Claiborne improves upon his 2012 mark and allows only 1.05 yards per coverage snap, we’re looking at 525 yards allowed on 85 passes—6.18 yards per target. Such an improvement fits well with how other top 10 cornerbacks have progressed in the past.

Playing near the line of scrimmage on a more frequent basis, there’s a good chance that Claiborne’s tackles will increase; he should be good for 70. And while interceptions are the most difficult stat to project, I’m confident that Claiborne will see a sizeable jump. With more targets and plenty of zone coverage, look for the second-year cornerback to bring in five picks on the season.

Here’s the full article.

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