The Dallas Cowboys went out and added free agent Anthony Barr during the early stages of training camp. Barr was linked to the Cowboys throughout the offseason before eventually signing with the team in August.
Barr addresses a need on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys need help rushing the passer and at linebacker. The veteran linebacker has the ability to help in both areas while playing for Dan Quinn.
Dallas was smart by adding Barr to the roster for multiple reasons. One of the biggest is how he will help Micah Parsons reach another level in 2022.
How Barr helps Parsons
Micah Parsons just turned in one of the greatest rookie seasons by a defender that league has seen. He became a phenom during his first season in the NFL, making a real push to win Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2021.
Yet, there is still another level for Parsons to reach as he continues to develop his game with the Dallas Cowboys.
That is where Anthony Barr comes in.
Sounds like the Cowboys’ recent addition of veteran OLB Anthony Barr will be opening the door for Micah Parsons to get even more opportunities to rush the passer. Parsons had 13 sacks during his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2022
Barr is a four-time Pro Bowler and became one of the better outside linebackers in the league with the Minnesota Vikings. He is established and should push for a starting role as soon as becomes comfortable in Quinn’s defense.
Furthermore, his ability to succeed at the outside linebacker spot will lead to more opportunities for Parsons to rush the passer. Parsons is among the best in the NFL at getting after the quarterback, so that makes the Cowboys’ defense even better.
“I’m just trying to continue to help unlock his game,” Anthony Barr said about Micah Parsons. “Obviously he got off to a great start last year. It’s amazing what he was able to accomplish. I’m hoping (to help him) take his game to the next level, to be a resource, and also learn from him.”
Anthony Barr provides the Cowboys with a starting-caliber player at a position of need. Additionally, he should complement Parsons very well and make the Cowboys even more versatile and dynamic on that side of the ball.
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