Micah Parsons touts his versatility in defensive player of the year race

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With 21.5 sacks through 17 weeks of the NFL season, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt has an obvious claim to win Defensive Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.

Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons has a solid case as well and is the most obvious challenger to Watt’s run at the award.

Parsons has 85 tackles, 13 sacks, 30 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles during his rookie season in Dallas. He still has a chance to surpass Jevon Kearse’s rookie record of 14.5 sacks in a season, though it will take him one additional game to accomplish the feat. Parsons has played multiple roles for Dallas this season as well and succeeded in all areas.

It’s that versatility that Parsons said would be the backbone of his case for the award.

I take complete pride in being the most versatile player in the NFL,” Parsons said, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “I think I would put myself up there with the elite guys around the league in terms of impacting the game. It definitely hasn’t been a one-man job. The DBs help me a lot being able to hold the receivers so that way I can get the pressure and sacks and things like that. (But) I think I do a lot of very different things on the defense that change the game.”

Parsons is seemingly a shoo-in to win Defensive Rookie of the Year for his campaign with the Cowboys. His season has already vaulted him into the conversation of most disruptive defensive players in the NFL. It seems far-fetched that Parsons would be able to surpass Watt to win the award this season. But playing as he has this year will keep him in the running for the award for many seasons to come.

10 responses to “Micah Parsons touts his versatility in defensive player of the year race

  1. He’s not the defensive player of the year, but as hard as it is for me to say because, ya know, screw the cowboys, but dude is legit and gonna win probably acouple dpoy in his career. Reminds me alot of derrick Thomas.

  2. Must be something in the water in Dallas that makes guys care about individual recognition a little too much.

  3. Maybe I’m just a homer, but how is Darius Leonard not even in the coversation? Dude has at least 1 forced fumble and/or INT in practically every game!

  4. Rude awakening next year when Dallas plays a first place schedule, reminds me of the WFT defense looking great last year against a bunch of bad QBs and this year looking like junk having to play a first place schedule this year .

  5. Watt will win DPOY. However, Parsons has a point. I wonder how many sacks he’d have, if he rushed the passer 100% of the time.

    Parsons has racked up impressive sack numbers, pressures, & tackles for loss, especially for a part time pass rusher.

  6. Parsons has had ONE good season for a team that seems to fall off the radar every year. I’d say Watt is pretty versatile himself as he also has a tendency for deflecting passes and bringing down RBs and WRs after the catch. Sorry junior, Watt is the guy.

  7. Typical Dallas player: ME ME ME I I I. Dude, you’re good, but TJ Watt is in a different stratosphere than you

  8. This guy has red flags like Jamal Adams written all over him. These self-absorbed players are simply bad news. I don’t care how athletic they are.

  9. The Cowboys should take note of the staff member who pushed for them to draft Parsons – and elevate him!

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