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Can NFL’s Dallas Cowboys Squeeze Enough ‘Juice’ Out of Arkansas Razorbacks’ Ridgeway to Construct Super Bowl Defense?

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OXNARD, Calif. – With the arrival of Micah Parsons last 12 months, the Dallas Cowboys got formally introduced to an idea that has drawn the love of Cowboys management – “Juice.”

Parsons brought a skill that far exceeded his projections. What he also brought was an energy and aggression that was contagious. 

Washington Football Team offensive tackle Sam Cosmi (76) and Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in motion in the course of the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Because it spread throughout the defense, the front office and coaches watched as a team weakness developed a level of respect while moving to the center of the pack within the league.

With that in mind, word is the staff wanted to duplicate and expand the juice on the team in hopes the defense could progress further right into a Super Bowl level defense. But juice cannot come from just anyone regardless of how much they’ve. 

Former Kentucky cornerback Kelvin Joseph was considered someone who might bring that very same energy and edge contributed by Parsons. Nevertheless, the staff learned quickly that Joesph couldn’t be trusted and have become wary of him as a pacesetter of energy on the team.

Those gut instincts proved true as Joseph found himself riding in a automotive with two other men while shots were fired from the vehicle, killing Cameron Ray in mid-March.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph (24) exchanges words with Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims (11) at FedExField.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph (24) exchanges words with Washington Football Team wide receiver Cam Sims (11) at FedExField.

With that in mind, the Cowboys front office went into April searching for the fitting type of juice to combine in alongside Parsons. 

That quest fulfilled itself by means of fifth round draft pick John Ridgeway of Arkansas. Just months earlier, the monstrous defensive lineman ran down owner Jerry Jones after a Razorback game to let Jones know he was going to draft Ridgeway so he could take over. 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is presented with his Arkansas Razorbacks jersey at half time of the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is presented along with his Arkansas Razorbacks jersey at half time of the sport against the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium.

Now he’s in camp trying to run through anyone he can to further prove himself a prophet.

There are men you must go to war with after which there’s Ridgeway – a mountain of a person who not only shows no fear, he relishes combat. He’s the type of guy who looks across the way in which at offenses with the look of a child in a toy store with a large gift card. 

There are tails to be kicked, he cannot wait to kick them, and he’d like it should you would join him within the gleeful kicking of so many tails. 

After all, that is the PG version. We’re a family publication in any case. 

His violent, yet skilled demeanor, an approach that has generated discussions of a future profession in WWE alongside fellow Razorback Dalton Wagner, brings just the variety of juice the Cowboys front office hoped. 

Nicknamed the “Vanilla Gorilla,” Ridgeway set the tone immediately each verbally and physically.

“I’ll try to interrupt someone’s neck after I get on the market,” Ridgeway told “The Draft Show” after his selection. 

Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman John Ridgeway (99) tackles Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Jo'quavious Marks (7) during the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman John Ridgeway (99) tackles Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Jo’quavious Marks (7) in the course of the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Then, during OTAs, he got right into a fight with offensive lineman Josh Ball and needed to be sent to the showers to chill off. The previous amateur wrestling champion could have flung a helmet or two in the course of the incident and will probably avoid getting sent away from practice early going forward, however the message was sent.

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Don’t mess with Ridgeway or pull any of that rookie hazing mess because he’ll knock your head off. After all, which means when one other team lines up across the way in which, his teammates know that no-nonsense violence and energy is utilized in their favor.

Word out of camp is that Ridgway has already begun to develop a certain level of trust. If he can honor that trust against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 13, he could also be well on his approach to helping construct a defense with enough juice to beat an NFC championship game that dates back to when Dallas and Arkansas fans who feel really old were in junior high. 

If he cannot and proves to only be a hot head as an alternative, he may find himself relegated to a WWE NXT ring faster than he’d like. 

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