3 things we learned during Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard

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Micah Parsons, Cowboys
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1. Micah Parsons is ready for the spotlight

As a rookie in 2021, Micah Parsons often proved to be the most talented player on the field for Dallas. His ability to play any of the linebacker spots was impressive, but nothing compared to the skillset that allowed him to move to the defensive line and play on the edge when needed.

He proved to have a nose for the ball and recorded 13 sacks continuing to get after the passer no matter where he was lined up. Now in year two, there will be a lot of attention coming his way and he showed during camp that he wasn’t about to shy away.

Parsons made one play after another, showing his talent as a pass rusher as well as a run stopper. He even frustrated the offense during two-minute drills, getting after Prescott in the blink of an eye.

Their recent scrimmage against the Broncos was a reminder of the one that got away as Randy Gregory was on the sideline for the opposing team. Dallas wanted to keep Gregory but he bolted for Denver when the Jones family threw some shady wording into his contract.

While they’re not sure who will pick up the slack in his absence on the defensive line, they should feel confident in knowing they have someone in Parsons who can not only be the star for this defense but can also thrive in the spotlight.

It seems the more they ask of him, the more he can do. The defense might not be good enough to shut every team down, but No. 11 is always a threat to make a play to turn things around in an instant.

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