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New DT Gerald McCoy talks difference with Cowboys

Gerald McCoy has been very vocal about how he never felt comfortable in the Carolina Panthers’ defense in 2019, but he doesn’t believe that will be an issue with the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran defensive tackle told Shannon Gross of the team’s official site how he views himself fitting in with the Cowboys.

“I talked to the coaches a little bit,” McCoy said. “[The scheme] fits me. Everything they want to do is everything I love to do — get up the field, disrupt the passer, get in the backfield and make plays. That’s what I love to do and that’s what they’re going to allow me to do.”

After spending nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McCoy joined the Panthers ahead of the 2019 season. In his lone season with Carolina, McCoy notched five sacks, 13 quarterback hits, and seven tackles for loss. His five sacks last season was the lowest mark of his career since 2012.

McCoy highlighted that he’s never rotated as much as he did with the Panthers last season. But with the Cowboys, it appears they’ll allow him to revert back to playing the same role he did when he made six consecutive Pro Bowls with the Buccaneers.

During his nine years in Tampa Bay, McCoy excelled as a north-south pass rusher in the center of the defense. In his six straight Pro Bowl seasons, McCoy amassed 44.5 sacks, 104 quarterback hits, and 63 tackles for loss. While he hasn’t been able to meet with his teammates this offseason, the All-Pro interior defender seems content with his role with the Cowboys in 2020.