Morris Claiborne became yet another young player to suffer the effects of a sophomore slump in 2013.
Due to stellar play by Orlando Scandrick and lackluster play by himself, Claiborne was demoted to the No. 3 cornerback last year.
Scandrick defended four more passes, tackled 40 more ball-carriers and recorded one more interception than Claiborne last year.
Last year was a career best for Scandrick, and he could easily play to that same level come training camp. Even if he does just that, though, he will be demoted back to his old nickel corner role.
Dallas moved up to No. 6 overall in the 2012 NFL draft to grab the LSU product, who showed promise in his rookie season. Claiborne tallied two fumble recoveries, 43 tackles and eight passes defended in his first pro season.
The Cowboys are not going to let a top-tier investment like Claiborne sit on the bench, regardless of how well Scandrick performs in camp.
The coaching staff is going to give Claiborne the opportunity, at least for the first quarter of the season, to live up to his potential.
If he struggles out of the gate, though, it won't take long for Scandrick to resume the No. 2 corner role. It might not be fair, but this position is already Claiborne's due to his high draft status and potential.