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Nahshon Wright redeems himself as Cowboys rookies go off vs Falcons – Blogging The Boys

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Easily the most encouraging thing from Sunday’s 43-3 win over the Falcons was just how well the Cowboys responded to getting blown out by a middling Broncos team the week before. Atlanta drew the short end of the stick and had to endure Dallas’ wrath; that it served as a revenge game for Dan Quinn was icing on the cake.

The second most encouraging thing, though, had to be the way that Quinn’s bundle of rookie defenders played in such a game. They all e…….

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Easily the most encouraging thing from Sunday’s 43-3 win over the Falcons was just how well the Cowboys responded to getting blown out by a middling Broncos team the week before. Atlanta drew the short end of the stick and had to endure Dallas’ wrath; that it served as a revenge game for Dan Quinn was icing on the cake.

The second most encouraging thing, though, had to be the way that Quinn’s bundle of rookie defenders played in such a game. They all ended up getting ample playing time, and they all made some splash plays in one way or another. For that kind of performance to come from so many rookies is a strong indication that these youngin’s have matched the mental fortitude of the rest of the roster.

With Randy Gregory landing on the short-term injured reserve alongside DeMarcus Lawrence, and with Trevon Diggs in the midst of a two-game slump, Micah Parsons entered Sunday’s game as the Cowboys’ best defensive player on the field. And while Diggs got back in the interception business, Parsons didn’t do anything to lose that title.

He led the team with six tackles, as Quinn continued to use him a variety of ways rather than playing him primarily at EDGE, as had been done the last time Gregory missed a game. Parsons was part of a team effort that helped limit the dangerous Cordarrelle Patterson to just 39 scrimmage yards. He also continued to show off his skills as a pass rusher:

That play gave Parsons his sixth sack on the year, which puts him ahead of Gregory for the team lead. He’s also now in a tie for 13th-most sacks in the NFL. The guys he’s tied with include Danielle Hunter, Brian Burns, Chandler Jones, Khalil Mack, and Aaron Donald. That’s some good company to be in, and Parsons has proven week after week that he belongs.

Kelvin Joseph continued to serve a role on special teams, seeing 17 snaps there on Sunday. But with the Cowboys getting up so big so early, it meant Joseph got to see the field on defense as well.

Joseph got 11 snaps on defense and was thrown at twice. Both times were incompletions, with one being a pass breakup and the other coming on a throw to the endzone. It wasn’t anything that’s going to launch him into the starting lineup, but it was valuable experience for the rookie.

Were it not for Micah Parsons being, you know, Micah Parsons, then Osa Odighizuwa may have a claim to being the Cowboys’ best rookie. He’s consistently played at a high level, and that continued Sunday.

Once again, Odighizuwa’s 31 snaps led all interior defensive linemen and that was despite Dallas pulling its starters …….

Source: https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2021/11/15/22783194/cowboys-2021-rookie-report-nahshon-wright-redeems-himself-in-a-big-way-micah-parsons-osa-odighizuwa