As the Dallas Cowboys prepare for the 2023 season, linebacker Micah Parsons, one of the names not attending Dallas’ initial offseason workout, is taking his own approach to conditioning by racing against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
All three players are considered to be unique athletes, but it’s still captivating to see someone of Parsons’ physique — 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds — to be able to keep up with Vaughn and Chase, both of whom are shorter and lighter. Chase, a proven NFL star, is 6-foot and 200 pounds, and Vaughn, one of the most dynamic running backs in college football last fall, is even smaller at 5-foot-6 and 176 pounds.
Cowboys fans flooded the replies with excitement and praise for Parsons, with user @ADeeHD pointing out that the race was extremely close with a screenshot. It’s not clear who the actual victor was, but Chase appeared a small step behind both Vaughn and Parsons either way.
Micah Parsons Committing to DE in 2023
Over the past two seasons, Parsons has arguably been the Cowboys’ best defender despite splitting time at defensive end and at linebacker. The decision to have Parsons play multiple positions has paid dividends, but he is going in a different direction in 2023.
During a conversation with Star-Telegram reporter Clarence Hill Jr., Parsons explained that he was not participating in the offseason program as he prepares himself to be a full-time edge rusher.
“Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker Micah Parsons is not participating in the teams offseason program,” Hill wrote on Twitter. “He is working out in Austin, adding bulk and weight to be a full-time defensive end next season, he said. Will return to Cowboys for OTAs.”
The decision won’t come as a shock to most Dallas fans as Parsons slowly shaved down his snaps at linebacker during the 2022 season. Considering he has 26.5 sacks over his first two years, getting him as many chances off the edge as possible makes sense.
Deuce Vaughn Beats Cowboys Star & Ja’Marr Chase?
The screenshot from Vaughn’s race against Parsons and Chase above shows his foot crossing the line first, although Parsons is right there as well. Dallas’ new RB is known for his quickness and speed, and he’s apparently getting to test it against some of the NFL’s biggest stars.
Vaughn is walking into an interesting situation as one of the most prolific college running backs of the last two seasons. The former Kansas State star totaled 3604 rushing yards over that time, adding in 34 total touchdowns as well according to Sports Reference.
His 5-foot-6 frame led to his being passed over in the first five rounds of the 2023 NFL draft, but he arguably had a Top 3 resume of all RBs eligible for the draft.
Now, he faces a new challenge of making the Cowboys roster. Tony Pollard is the undeniable starter, but his health concerns and the lack of experience from other options like Rico Dowdle and Malik Davis means that there could be a fast track for Vaughn in 2023.