Cowboys’ Morris Claiborne wants to play wide receiver

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The talented, Morris Claiborne, has his sights set on an even bigger challenge with the Dallas Cowboys. Beating his previous Wonderlic test! Just kidding. All joking aside, Claiborne, wants to pursue the lofty challenge of playing two-ways on the football field.

The Cowboys have already mentioned that Claiborne could be used on kick returns. The sixth overall selection, is so eager to contribute that he revealed during a local radio interview that he wouldn’t mind lining up for a few snaps at wide receiver.

“I would love to be a two-way player,” Claiborne told “Galloway and Company,” a Dallas radio show on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. “If they gave me that chance and opportunity to go both sides of the ball I’d love it. I won’t turn it down. I’d get in and give it 100 percent.”

When asked about the possibility of returning kickoffs Claiborne responded:

“Hopefully that’ll be one of the things they’ll let me do,” Claiborne said. “I think an important part of my game is returning kicks and hopefully they will let me get back there and return a couple whether it’s punts or kickoffs.”

Claiborne, was a standout wide receiver in high school but switched positions after taking some advice from former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson. Claiborne would go on to say:

“Well when I first came in and stepped foot on campus it was one of my visits,” Claiborne said. “Patrick was my host, so he kept on telling me, ‘Man you need to move to corner.’ I’m like, ‘No man, I’m a receiver. I want to make plays with the ball. I want the ball in my hands.’ When I got to camp, the coaches wanted me to do … a day at corner, a day at receiver, a day at corner, a day at receiver. I ended up liking corner, so I stayed over in the cornerback room or whatever. [Les] Miles came and got me and said, ‘You don’t have a position yet. Just roll with us and let us figure this thing out.’ But after I kept making plays at corner, he decided to go ahead and let me stay over there, so that’s how it happened.”

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