Cowboys’ Micah Parsons has eyes on breaking the NFL sack file in 2022: ‘Fifteen’s the minimal’ for Yr 2

Micah Parsons is not simply one of many high younger gamers within the NFL. He is additionally one of many rising ambassadors for the highest NFL online game. Months after teaming up with Vikings star Justin Jefferson to win the digital “Madden NFL 22” Professional Bowl, the Cowboys move rusher is in Los Angeles wrapping manufacturing on a brand new industrial for this yr’s “Madden NFL 23.”

Upfront of the “Madden NFL 23” launch on Aug. 19, and his personal return to the sector for Cowboys coaching camp, the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Yr spoke with CBS Sports activities about his “Madden” partnership, 2022 expectations and NFC East rivalries:

Are you able to tease your position on this “Madden” industrial? Will you be suited up for it?

Parsons: I am gonna do a pair issues to spice up my skills, increase my scores up slightly bit (in “Madden”). I am gonna be slightly bit in uniform. Simply inform the individuals to be prepared, and when you’re in Franchise mode, to make No. 11 for the Dallas Cowboys your first-round choose.

Do you foresee any future appearing gigs after this industrial?

Parsons: And to. And to. I undoubtedly see myself on TV. Folks say I bought a TV smile, a TV face, so I am able to put my appearing expertise to the check. Performing and clearly broadcasting a sport, I simply kinda wanna be across the sport so long as potential.

You have been round “Madden” for some time. Who’s your go-to group whenever you’re taking part in?

Parsons: I’d say in all probability the Packers, simply because their protection is basically good on the sport. The Packers or the Bucs.

And which quarterback is one of the best to play with?

Parsons: Both (Patrick) Mahomes or Lamar (Jackson).

How about Dak Prescott?

Parsons: I’d say, within the sport, he is undoubtedly a top-10 quarterback to play within the sport.

What did you make of “Madden” returning the late John Madden to the duvet for this yr’s sport?

Parsons: , I believed it was fairly wonderful, not solely due to his passing – RIP – however whenever you love the sport, you perceive why John is the duvet of the sport. He (did) all the things potential to remain across the sport and love the sport and even assist others perceive the sport. He made so many individuals all over the world love the sport. For ‘Madden’ to try this, that was an excellent factor for them to do, due to how a lot we love this sport, not simply in actual life however on-line with pals. I believe this yr ‘Madden’ simply represents the love of the sport, placing John on the duvet, as a result of that is what he is about.

Have you ever had an opportunity to play “Madden NFL 23” but?

Parsons: I performed the beta. I believe that is gonna be a approach higher sport, undoubtedly defensively. Offense is unquestionably slightly tougher to play this yr, however as a defensive participant, I really like which you can’t simply depend on tacky performs and stuff like that to be good within the sport. It is undoubtedly gonna be skills-based, which final yr’s wasn’t; it was similar to, who might throw it deep?

What particularly stood out by way of the defensive play being higher?

Parsons: This (new characteristic) FieldSENSE, the zones are approach higher, individuals perceive the place they’re purported to be on the sector, the way in which they’re capable of seize routes.

And what are the probabilities you are the “Madden” cowl athlete subsequent yr?

Parsons: Oh man, I am unsure, I heard about this Madden Curse. However man, a Madden cowl could be a dream come true. Seeing among the biggest gamers come on that cowl, that may def be a dream come true.

When it comes to your actual taking part in profession, how do you deal with the excessive expectations after your star rookie season?

Parsons: I simply take the blessings that God gave me. I don’t really feel like I want to succeed in anybody’s expectations however my very own. If I can dwell with it, I can take care of it. I am gonna simply go on the market and play my sport. I do not wanna go on the market and chase nobody’s story, I simply gotta do my factor, and that is what bought me right here and that is what I am gonna maintain doing.

However do you might have any numbers in thoughts for 2022, after hitting 13 sacks as a rookie?

Parsons: Yeah, 15’s just like the minimal. 15’s what I wanna hit. However undoubtedly 23 is that objective, to interrupt the file.

Your Cowboys, in the meantime, are getting the least quantity of bets amongst NFC East groups to win the division. What’s your response to that?

Parsons: I do not care, as a result of we have been ignored final yr. And that simply comes with the sport. We’re simply gonna deal with the ultimate 52, 53 that is on the Dallas Cowboys in that room and get higher each week. We simply gotta management find out how to get higher each week, and hope that you just lose your cash.

Amongst these NFC East rivals, which of the Eagles, Giants and Commanders look the hardest for 2022?

Parsons: I believe all of them bought actually good competitors. I imply, that is the NFL. It is gonna come right down to who can execute.

Which of the rival QBs is best to sack?

Parsons: I do not assume none of them’s too simple. It is actually onerous. I imply, (Carson) Wentz is again within the division and hasn’t been there. I by no means touched Daniel Jones, both. By no means touched Daniel Jones; I believe he bought damage our sport and he did not even play in any respect after that. After which Wentz, I by no means performed him. We touched (Jalen) Hurts slightly bit, however I had COVID the final sport. These guys are actually new to me, to be trustworthy.

Final query: Who has extra large performs this yr, you or Trevon Diggs?

Parsons: Hmm, me. I informed Tre I’d lead the group in picks this yr. We do not bought no cash on it, however I have been actually practising my palms this yr to get my palms on a pair picks this yr.

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