6'3'' / 245 lbs
Up to 251 pounds
Latest Headline: Published 2023-05-03
Parsons said Tuesday that he's 251 pounds, having added weight in anticipation of taking more snaps at defensive end in 2023, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Parsons was 246 pounds at the 2021 NFL Combine -- where he ran a 4.39 40-yard dash -- and was listed at 245 last season. He instantly became one of the best defenders in the league and has never missed a game because of an injury, but he said nagging injuries last season prevented him from being at his best. Parsons nonetheless tallied 65 tackles, 13.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries en route to First Team All-Pro honors for a second time in two years, also finishing second in DPOY voting for a second straight year. He believes the added weight in combination with taking more snaps at defensive end can help him stay healthier, though the move away from off-ball-linebacker snaps already mostly happened in his second season. Per PFF, Parsons took 693 snaps on the line of scrimmage in 2022, more than four times his number as an off-ball LB (170). As a rookie, he took only 390 on the line and 540 as a linebacker.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022
Big sack numbers in 2022
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-31
Parsons recorded 65 tackles (42 solo), including 13.5 sacks, over 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added three passes defended, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for his first NFL touchdown.
With the second-year defender didn't take a huge step forward with his production after his dazzling rookie campaign, Parsons still finished seventh in the league in sacks. He could have posted even bigger numbers in that category were it not for nagging injuries down the stretch, however, as he had 12 sacks through the first 11 games. Parsons' hybrid role hurts his tackle totals, and in formats where he solely qualifies as a linebacker and not a defensive end, his IDP value is muted. With Dan Quinn returning as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, it seems unlikely Parsons' usage will change much in 2023, but the potential departure of Leighton Vander Esch in free agency could allow Parsons to roam more freely in the middle of the field rather than lining up as a pure pass rusher a majority of the time.
Half sack against Commanders
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-09
Parsons recorded two tackles including half a sack in Sunday's loss to Washington.
The second-year defensive star saw his prolific sack pace slow down over the final six games of the regular season due to various injuries, but Parsons still finished the year with 13.5 sacks, a new career high. His ability to rebound could be one of the keys to a Cowboys victory in the wild-card round against the Buccaneers, after Parsons sacked Tom Brady twice back in Week 1 during their first meeting this season.
Cleared for action
Latest Headline: Published 2022-12-29
Parsons (hand) is active for Thursday's game against the Titans, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Parsons was added to the injury report Tuesday, though he managed a pair of limited sessions ahead of Thursday's matchup. That'll be enough for him to suit up and likely serve in a significant role against Tennessee. Parsons has managed five sacks across his last six games and will look to get plenty of pressure on Joshua Dobbs, who'll start for the Titans in place of Malik Willis.