Cowboys News: Micah Parsons and Deuce Vaughn showcase speed in workout, 2023 schedule leaks

Dec 31, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn (22) runs the
Dec 31, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn (22) runs the / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Micah Parsons recently revealed he won't attend the Dallas Cowboys' voluntary offseason program. The reason? Parsons is bulking up as he transitions to a full-time defensive end. The two-time All-Pro essentially was a full-time rusher last season, but still logged 171 snaps in the box compared to 738 on the line.

It'll be interesting to see how much speed (if any) Parsons loses as works to add weight in order to contend with bigger offensive tackles.

Whatever concerns fans might have had about that Parsons quelled them in a recent workout, which happened to include Cowboys sixth-round pick and instant fan favorite Deuce Vaughn, and Bengals superstar receiver Ja'Marr Chase.

As a running back and receiver, respectively, you'd think Vaughn and Chase would give Parsons the business in this speed drill. That's the thing about freak athletes, though. They defy logic on an everyday basis.

Check out Parsons (somehow) keep up with Chase and his new teammate.

Cowboys' Micah Parsons, Deuce Vaughn workout with Ja'Marr Chase

Are you serious, Parsons? Remember, folks, we're talking about a 6-foot-4, 245 pound linebacker and soon-to-be-full-time-defensive-end. It's reasonable to assume Parsons has tacked on a few pounds since he was drafted.

Chase, meanwhile, stands at 6-foot and weighs 200 pounds, while Vaughn enters the league as one of its smallest players at 5-foot-6 and 176 pounds. And yet, Parsons ran stride for stride with both of them.

We would venture to say that Parsons would have glided past both players had the second set of cones been placed farther back. The Defensive Player of the Year finalist simply has an extra gear. We see it when he chases down ball-carriers from the opposite sideline and gets to the QB in the blink of an eye around the edge.

And how about a little credit for Deuce Vaughn? Though lighter than Parsons and Chase, the undersized back had to overcome shorter strides and still ran stride-for-stride with the two All-Pro talents. That's a testament to his short-area quickness and overall speed: two qualities that show why he was drafted, regardless of his size.

In other news, the NFL leaked several games on the 2023 schedule. The schedule will get released in full Thursday night (7 pm CT). Surprisingly, zero Cowboys games have been revealed, but there are some primetime games fans should bookmark.

For starters, the Giants and Eagles will lock horns on Christmas Day. This sets the stage for a potential Cowboys game on Christmas Eve like last year. Additionally, the Jets and Dolphins will meet on Black Friday, which rules out a potential Cowboys vs Jets (Aaron Rodgers) showdown on Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned for more potential leaks leading up to Thursday night!