The young punks showed up in the first two weeks of the new NFL season. This year’s batch of rookies has been truly impressive, displaying composure and confidence against more seasoned opponents. But for a three-time Super Bowl champion, one only newcomer has been head and shoulders above the field: Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.
Sorry, Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Ja’Marr Chase, and Justin Fields.
According to a report by TMZ, NFL Network analyst Michael Irving proclaimed that Parsons is the best rookie so far this year. The five-time Pro Bowler made his bold claim after Parsons led the Cowboys to an astounding 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday.
“Baddest boy out there, Micah Parsons! Bad boy. God Almighty, that man a bad boy! Right now he is (the NFL’s best rookie)!”
In his first two games, the 22-year-old Parsons, selected by the Cowboys as the 12th overall pick out of Penn State, already has nine tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup. He’s almost singlehandedly changed the Cowboys’ defense with his motor and aggressiveness.
He still has a long way to go but the Cowboys neophyte has surely put the league on notice. Parsons has lots of competition for the Rookie of the Year plum though with Jones, Lawrence, Chase, and Fields also impressing early on.
But as proclaimed by Michael Irvin, who recently made his debut as Stephen A. Smith’s co-host on ESPN’s First Take, Micah Parsons has been a bad man and the Cowboys are not complaining at all.