‘Dominant’ Micah Parsons At Rookie Camp: A ‘Rambo’ – And A Dallas Cowboys ‘DPR’
FRISCO – On Friday, the first day on the field with the Dallas Cowboys, Micah Parsons was a “Rambo”.
On Saturday, day 2 of this rookie minicamp here at The Star, he was a “DPR”.
“If you see him play he’s a multi-position player,” said coach McCarthy of Dallas’ top pick in the latest NFL draft. “He can obviously play on the ball as a linebacker. He has natural pass-rush skills … he passes the ball and is a punch inside and out. He can play in the bubble, behind the 3 technique. He’s a dynamic pressure player and he will definitely have an impact on defense. “
These effects are under way. Parsons is currently playing middle linebacker. A source tells CowboysSI.com shortly before this camp begins that the team hopes he’ll win the job and stay there.
“I just coordinate and am a dominant force,” Parsons said of playing MIKE. “They wouldn’t take me there if MIKE didn’t need them. Mike Linebacker, you have a chance to be a force. You become a Rambo player. You can expect running backs.
“Great chance to play in the box and I think that’s what I do best.”
Parsons means no disrespect to incumbents Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, adding, “It’s all love and all business. I’m not trying to come here and tell these people what to do. I’m just trying to earn my place I’m just blessed to be able to learn from them and hopefully develop into a player type like them or better. “
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Both vets have already reached out to Parsons to welcome him to Dallas, and both are still on the cowboys’ plans. A source tells us that with Smith as a strong linebacker, Vander Esch could end up on the weak side.
However, the versatility of Parsons leaves room for positive movement. On Saturday, the rookie moved to the D-line and played the role of the “designed pass rusher”. New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn attempted to play the 6-3, 245 pounder skills.
“It’s going to be a very compatible thing,” said team owner Jerry Jones, marveling at Parson’s ability to rush passerby and mingle with Smith and Vander Esch. “What I see that makes it unique is pressure. Print. I could see that this group is really a huge part of a pressure plan. “
Pressure from the end. Pressure from the center. Pressure on the vets to be pushed by Micah Parsons, who is already making a cowboy impression.
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