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Micah Parsons showing off his skills at OTAs

Micah Parsons’ Confidence Growing At OTAs – David Helman,

The Cowboys need Parsons to help re-boot a bad defense.

During Thursday’s OTA, Parsons made several of the best plays of the afternoon, including a pick-six of Ben DiNucci during seven-on-seven drills and an A-gap blitz that resulted in a sack of Garrett Gilbert during the team session.

It was a perfect encapsulation of what Parsons is capable of – the speed and ranginess to make plays in the passing game, combined with the explosiveness required to get after the quarterback.

“It’s one thing to cover or one thing to tackle, but if you can do the trifecta and do all three – cover, tackle and blitz and get pressure – then that’s what makes you a good ball player,” Parsons said.

The Cowboy are easing their No. 12 overall draft pick along, being sure not to overload him. At the same time, they’re clearly comfortable asking him to do more. Parsons has been working plenty at linebacker, but he has also begun to work on the edge, as well.

Asked about his progression, Parsons said he’s already grown from last month’s rookie minicamp. If he keeps gaining at this rate, he should be ready for whatever is thrown at him during training camp.

Jayron Kearse found deciding on Cowboys easy, ‘Dallas just stuck out to me’ – Matthew Lenix, Cowboys Wire

Jayron Kearse might be a name to remember with the Dallas Cowboys in 2021.

Jayron Kearse, who spent last season with the Detroit Lions after four years with the Minnesota Vikings, visited the Cowboys in March and didn’t leave the Lone Star State, agreeing to a one-year deal. He had several offers, but explained recently that Dallas stood out from the rest.

“Among the three or four teams that I had the opportunity to talk to in free agency, Dallas just stuck out to me because of the opportunity to get on the field and just being around familiar faces – guys that I’ve either played with or I just knew from football,” Kearse said last week via the team’s website.

The former seventh-round pick certainly will see some familiar people in the building this season. He entered the NFL in the same draft that brought Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Jaylon Smith to the Cowboys. He also played under George Edwards, who was the defensive coordinator for the Vikings for six seasons, and who is currently the Cowboy’s senior defensive assistant.

It’s now or never for Randy Gregory – Jordan Schultz, Inside The Star

The Cowboys have been waiting for Gregory’s breakout year.

Randy Gregory is going to turn 29 years old this season, and while there are cases of defensive lineman remaining productive into their thirties, it’s beginning to feel like it’s now or never for Gregory, at least as it pertains to his time in Dallas.

He still possesses all of the tools that made him so attractive coming out of college. While his stats as a pro aren’t anything to write home about, he has flashes where he absolutely pops on tape, exploding into the backfield to cause havoc for the other team like he was shot out of a cannon.

It took some time for Randy Gregory to settle into his role in 2020, as his season started with a six-game suspension. Once he returned in Week 7, it took some more time for him to start stealing snaps from a fading Aldon Smith. He finished 2020 with 21 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles. Gregory only missed one tackle and had 12 QB hits, meaning his sack numbers have considerable room to grow if he can get one step quicker on some of these bang-bang plays.

1 rookie to keep an eye on for every NFL team coming out of OTAs – Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report

What kind of role could LB Jabril Cox play with the Dallas Cowboys in 2021?

Dallas Cowboys: LB Jabril Cox

The Dallas Cowboys brass knew they had to be better on defense and no one was safe, even a linebacker room that already featured Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

Dallas chose linebackers Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox with the 12th and 115th overall picks, respectively.

“I think when you talk about Cowboys ownership, it’s about them doing their jobs on adding talent to make the team better,” Smith told reporters when asked about the message sent from the front office.

Parsons and Cox are also more than capable of taking Smith and Vander Esch’s jobs. According to David Helman of the Cowboys official site, the two rookies “worked together a lot” during organized team activities.

Parsons is basically guaranteed a starting spot, but Cox’s extended involvement should be noted since he’s an ideal complementary piece as a versatile defender who’s comfortable working in space.

Cowboys’ La’el Collins, Tyron Smith in ‘really special shape’ coming back from injuries — that’s great news for Dak Prescott – Michael Gehlken, DMN

After last year’s problems with injury and fitness, La’el Collins is ready this year.

Nagging hip pain kept La’el Collins from a normal workout routine last year, he said Thursday. The Cowboys right tackle would rest, gain weight, resume training and feel pain. That led to more rest, more pounds and more discomfort until September hip surgery ended his season before it began.

A lighter, leaner Collins can smile now.

“I’m just starting to feel like myself again,” Collins said. “It feels good.”

Left tackle Tyron Smith can relate.

In 2020, the Cowboys offense dealt with injury problems long before quarterback Dak Prescott’s Week 5 ankle fracture. Collins didn’t play any games. Smith missed all but two. For good measure, after Prescott’s injury, right guard Zack Martin missed six. All have joined Prescott on the field this spring, adding hope to next season’s outlook.

“Obviously, those guys are a big part of this team,” offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said of Smith, Martin and Collins. “They’ve been that way for a long time. …They look like they are in really special shape right now, ready to go play some football. We’re all really excited.”

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