The run on quarterbacks and pass catchers early on probably pushed Parsons down draft boards a bit. If he becomes a star, it may wind up being a steal for Dallas, as he projects to be the kind of player who can anchor a defense for years to come.
Last week, he got his first game action in a long time. Parsons opted out of Penn State’s 2020 season, after being named a consensus All-American in 2019. The Cowboys opened the preseason, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game. Parsons didn’t show much in the way of rust after a year without playing in a game, recording three tackles and a fumble recovery.
“I really wasn’t nervous. I was telling someone, I was more nervous for my college games than I was this game,” Parsons said afterwards, via the Dallas Cowboys team website. “I don’t know, maybe it’s because when you go against guys like CeeDee [Lamb], Zeke [Elliott], and Tony [Pollard], in practice, it makes things a lot more easy when you come out here.”
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Even so, he acknowledges that there’s plenty of work to be done, with less than a month until his true NFL debut on Thursday, Sept. 9. From 247Sports, via the Cowboys:
“I’m pretty happy with myself, but I’m also my biggest critic so every day I try to come out here and just add on top of it,” Parsons said after Monday’s practice. “I know there’s things I need to get better at and things I want to get better at every day, things coach will point out to me and things you guys might not see that we see.
Micah Parsons hopes to ramp up his role and production when he gets back on the field on Friday, at the Arizona Cardinals. Dallas opens the NFL’s regular season with that Thursday night Week 1 game against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.