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Gerald McCoy opens up about his role in Cowboys

Gerald McCoy, Cowboys

Amid all of the free-agent signings, one that went under the radar was the Dallas Cowboys signing of Gerald McCoy. After finalizing a deal with America’s Team, McCoy opened up about his role in Dallas for the upcoming season.

“I had never rotated as much as I did last year in Carolina,” McCoy said via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Ever. Ever. That’s not what I was used to. That’s honestly not even what I like to do. I’ll play all game if I have to. . . . I’m an every down guy, that hasn’t changed and I don’t plan on it changing this year.”

McCoy spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cementing himself as one of the best interior defenders in the league. But after the Buccaneers chose not to re-sign him, McCoy inked a deal with the Carolina Panthers.

In his first and only season in Carolina, the former third-overall pick notched five sacks and seven tackles. The five sacks were the lowest mark of his career since the 2012 season.

Following a disappointing season with the Panthers, McCoy pointed out that he didn’t like being taken out at times in 2019. As a matter of fact, McCoy was on the field for 63 percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps — the lowest percentage of his career since 2014.

However, after being used sparingly in 2019, McCoy is excited to return to being an every-down player for the Cowboys next season. At the least, with McCoy taking fewer snaps this past season, he could be rejuvenized in his debut with Dallas.