The idea of Dallas Cowboys’ first-round rookie Micah Parsons playing defensive end has been kicked around since before training camp when DeMarcus Lawrence noticed his skills as a pass-rusher and took him under his wing. “You pass rush like that, Rook?” Lawrence said to Parsons after a movie session. “Yeah,” responded Parsons. “I want to be a defensive end.” Next thing you recognize, Lawrence was tutoring Parsons during a way which will suddenly are available handy starting Sunday because the Cowboys visit the l. a. Chargers without the services of Lawrence, who will likely miss subsequent two months thanks to a broken foot.
“I don’t get to be the guy,” said Parsons of becoming Dallas’ defensive centerpiece. “But I would like to be the guy.” “The guy,” in Parsons’ case, because the Cowboys hinted to us all week, meant the Penn State product making an at-least-sometimes move to defensive end, or better said, to “Designated Pass-Rusher.” Parsons was chosen at the No. 12 spot and was Dallas’ top-rated defensive player during this class. Versatility is among the explanations … and this type of move actually features a “trickle-up effect,” due to Parsons’s play’s end, all Dallas has got to do is give Leighton Vander Esch more snaps at linebacker, and perhaps the general quality of the defense can remain an equivalent . Lawrence’s broken foot, alongside Randy Gregory landing on the COVID list, means Dallas is thin at the end. Maybe next week, the Cowboys will explore acquiring help. But today?