Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/2/12
NFL training camps opened up earlier this week, and Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback, Morris Claiborne, is making news for all the wrong reasons. 
 
Defensive players taken in the top-ten of the draft are expected to produce instantaneously.  Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback, Patrick Peterson experienced a little turbulence on defense early last season, but made up for it with strong special-teams play.  Peterson ran an 89-yard punt return back for a touchdown in Week 1 with the Cardinals. His score led to an early-season victory over the Carolina Panthers. Peterson caught up to the speed of the game on defense, and finished strong last season.  
 
If early indications are correct, rookie cornerback, Morris Claiborne might not be so fortunate
 
Training camps just opened, but Claiborne is getting beat in coverage and is yet to get his hands on the ball.  The names on the list of receivers scorching Claiborne are embarrassing.   Raymond Radway, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, and Tim Benford are nowhere close to the caliber of receiver Claiborne will be facing each week.  He isn’t going to be getting any help from the Cowboys’ safety department either.
 
Talent-wasting free safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, is the only bright spot. Sensabaugh possesses the talent and mental-strength needed to perform at a high-level, but for some reason he appeared confused several times in 2011.  Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan likely played a role in Sensabaugh seeming lost on the field, but there will be no excuses in 2012. 
 
Fellow Cowboy, Mike Jenkins, made headlines in the off-season when reports indicated him demanding a trade.  Jenkins attempted to debunk allegations of any trade claims earlier this week, but his attitude about remaining with the Cowboys was terrible.  Jenkins is recovering from shoulder surgery, and is expected to be knocked down a peg on the depth-chart due to the arrival of Claiborne and free-agent acquisition Brandon Carr.   
 
With Claiborne’s struggles of late, Jenkins may be the best man for the job in 2012 if he can get healthy.  Although Jenkins’ performance is questionable over the last two seasons, he proved he can play at a high level in 2009.  Jenkins nabbed five interceptions and handed out 49 tackles that season.  Unfortunately, through 2010 and 2011, Jenkins managed only two interceptions. His lack on production certainly contributed to the Cowboys’ offseason moves, but most of the blame falls on Terence Newman, and incompetent play at the safety position. 
 
Jenkins is well within his rights to be upset about a rookie bumping him down on the depth chart.   Rookies are rookies. Sometimes they make a splash, but oftentimes it takes weeks, months, or even years to produce.  Jenkins should have stayed to rehab his shoulder surgery in Dallas, and continued to ingratiate himself to the Cowboys organization. If his injury status were clear, it would lend credence to his case for remaining a starter. 
 
Jenkins is the better, proven player right now, even injured.  The Cowboys need to realize they drafted a dud with their first pick in the 2012 draft, and focus on Jenkins’ health as much he will allow.
 
Yes, it is only a few days into camp, but Claiborne can’t even stop Cole Beasley, a 5’8” receiver out of Southern Methodist University.
 
The Cowboys are in big, big trouble.

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