The Dallas Cowboys have a very special player in Micah Parsons. As a rookie, Parsons did way more than even his biggest supporters expected from him. More than anything, he managed to do that because of his playing time as an edge rusher for the Cowboys.

Although we knew about his pass-rushing skills coming out of Penn State, few could’ve imagined he was going to get as many headhunting snaps as he did. Even less would’ve predicted him winning at such a high rate.

His ability to beat even top-tier tackles in the NFL with his speed has been so impressive that people even debate his actual position with the Cowboys. Fans and reporters are always on the lookout for which position group Parsons worked with in every single practice.

PFF’s Sam Monson even ranked him as the very best edge rusher in the NFC.

But Parsons’ role is so disputed that Eric Eager, also from Pro Football Focus, argues that Micah Parsons’ role in the Cowboys shouldn’t be doubted. The numbers indicate he’s predominantly a linebacker, not an edge rusher.

According to Eager’s research, Parsons lined up 390 snaps at edge while lining up in the box on 540 plays. Looking closely at the game-by-game breakdown, Parsons played more snaps at edge rusher than linebacker in only four out of 16 games played.

In those four, the Cowboys were missing starting edge rushers, forcing the rookie to spend the majority of his snaps away from his main position. As such, describing Micah Parsons as a “linebacker who can play edge defender” – as Eager does – could be fair.

Yet, that still feels like short-selling it. At the end of the day, there are plenty of players that would fit that description. But there isn’t anyone that matches the nonsensical versatility that Parsons showed by netting over 200 snaps in run defense, pass rush, and coverage snaps.

Lastly, how the Cowboys will play Micah in Year 2 can’t be guaranteed. Chances are Dan Quinn will stick to a healthy diet of everything for his dynamic play-maker but in the NFL needs and injuries can change things quickly.

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