(Editor’s Note: Over the following month, the staff of DallasCowboys.com is trying to answer the 20 biggest questions facing the team heading into the 2022 season. Today, the staff writers discuss award candidates on the Cowboys roster.)
FRISCO, Texas – Collectively, the Cowboys at all times have one goal: to win franchise’s next Lombardi Trophy. But as we saw last season, great individual performances boost the team’s possibilities of getting there.
With that in mind, which player has the very best probability to listen to their name called through the “NFL Honors” primetime award special the week of the Super Bowl? The staff writers debate our latest “20 Questions” entry.
18) Cowboys’ Best Shot For A Major NFL Award?
Rob Phillips: Micah Parsons. He finished second within the voting for NFL Defensive Player of the Yr as a rookie and deserves to be among the many favorites again. It is common practice to say that opponents will key on him more this yr. So, that wasn’t the case after like Week 2 against the Chargers last yr? Parsons may not lead the league in sacks like T.J. Watt did, but his versatility is exclusive, and he might just be scratching the surface as a pass rusher after what he completed on short notice last yr when DeMarcus Lawrence got hurt.
Kyle Youmans: The best way he’s been talking this offseason, it could be hard to argue against Micah Parsons as a possible for Defensive Player of the Yr. His 13 sacks as a rookie put himself of the radar of the league and earned the respect of a nation for his electrifying play. His quotes this offseason of aiming for 20 sacks has each one on notice. If he were to duplicate his 2021 production, even with no true statistical step up, he’d still be within the conversation. But I think he’ll take that next step and be firmly within the front running.
Mickey Spagnola: How about going a bit bit out on a limb here for the reason that logical answer could be Micah Parsons for NFL Defensive Player of the Yr. To me, this is able to be major, Dak Prescott earning Pro Bowl honors in a quarterback-talented NFC Conference. Remember, Prescott earned his first Pro Bowl as a rookie and ended up turning down a Pro Bowl injury substitute invitation this past season. And he completed that after playing just six games in 2020, spending your complete offseason recovering from surgery to that serious ankle injury, then the shoulder ailment cutting into his camp time, together with the strained calf through the season. Despite all that, Dak finished with the NFL’s third-highest QB rating (104.2), behind just Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow. With a full offseason this time around, and greater than a yr faraway from his gruesome injury, be careful for Dak, who had 37 TDs and just 10 interceptions last yr, registering a career-high 68.8 completion percentage.