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Here's Why Micah Parsons' Position Switch Should be Permanent

Adam Taylor McKillop
Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons shined in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers after switching over to defensive end.
Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons shined in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers after switching over to defensive end. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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When the Dallas Cowboys selected Micah Parsons in the 2021 NFL Draft, it appeared to create a logjam at linebacker. However, the No. 12 pick was quickly forced into a position change in Week 2 after an injury to Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory landing on the COVID list. The results were brilliant and showcased how versatile of a defender the first-round pick truly is.

Parsons suited up at defensive end for the first time since high school and continued to show off his prowess as a defender. Not only was he elite, but Parsons put himself in good company after recording 8 quarterback pressures, 4 quarterback hits, 1 tackle for loss and his first career NFL sack.

His 8 pressures was the most by a rookie since Nick Bosa in 2019, the Defensive Rookie of the Year award winner that season.

This came after a gutty Week 1 performance in which Parsons recorded 7 combined tackles and 1 pass defended while operating at linebacker.

Parsons and the Cowboys' ability to pressure Justin Herbert played a factor in their 20-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. While Herbert did throw for 338 yards, he recorded only 1 touchdown to 2 interceptions and was sacked twice.

In just two games, Parsons is already showing why he may be the best defensive rookie in his draft class. Lawrence is out indefinitely with a broken foot and it will be interesting to see where the Cowboys line up Parsons in Week 3. Either way, his ability to perform in a multitude of positions is already showing up in the box scores.

Dallas heads into a Week 3 matchup as 3.5-point home favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles on FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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