As a guy who hasn’t played football since December 2019, Micah Parsons cannot wait to strap on pads and go hit somebody again.
The Cowboys’ offensive stars, though, may want to draw straws to see who has to be the young linebacker’s first practice target. But rest assured, two-time rushing champ and Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott says it won’t be him.
Parsons made no bones about his excitement in being the Cowboys’ first-round selection, and it’s not just so he can square off against Eagles and Giants on Sundays. As the Penn State defender told Dallas media members on a conference call Thursday night, he’s especially looking forward to the challenge he’ll face in practice every single day.
“I’m going to go against the best offense in America the whole season,” Parsons said per the team website, “so it’s only going to make me better.”
But don’t look for the 21-year-old to be bringing the lumber to the team’s bread-and-butter players. One of them, in fact, has already taken to social media to urge Parsons to dial it down when they finally see the field.
@MicahhParsons11 don’t touch me in practice rook . . .
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) April 30, 2021
Fans can expect Parsons to go all-out in training camp as he strives to prove the Cowboys front office right in taking him with the 12th overall pick. But as for blowing up a running back with everything he’s got, Parsons may have to wait a while.
Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, and Alvin Kamara will be in his sights soon enough.