The Dallas Cowboys Mailbag returns with John Herndon tackling topics such as Tyler Biadasz, Kelvin Joseph’s development, Micah Parsons, and more.
The player I have written about the most on a weekly basic in my columns is the Dallas Cowboys defensive unicorn, Micah Parsons. It is fitting, we begin this week’s mailbag starting with him.
Let’s tackle some Dallas Cowboys mailbag questions here.
Last season, Micah Parsons saw 374 of his 902 snaps along the edge, a percent of 41.46%. Parsons current snap total is 598 but he’s second to Leighton Vander Esch snap count of 624.
I believe Parsons will be deployed heavily as a edge for the rest of the season. I am talking 70% to 80% playing the edge and when lined up in the middle I expect he will still be rushing.
As far as the Green Bay game. The Cowboys outsmarted themselves in that game. I don’t expect Dallas to make that same mistake again.
Last season, when the Cowboys moved Parsons to the edge, it weakened the linebacker unit. This season, they have a answer to that problem in the form of Damone Clark.
In the Green Bay game, Damone Clark’s snap count was only seven. This was coming after his debut game against the Chicago Bears when he logged a snap count of 40 (51% of the the defensive snaps).
Since the Packers game, Clark has played 43 snaps in week 11 (75% usage of the the defensive snaps) and 46 snaps in week 12 (72% usage of the the defensive snaps).
The Giants game was is his 3rd 40+ snap game in first four NFL games. You can see the speed jump out on tape.
After each start, you can see the mental processing is speeding up and the game is slowing down for him. He is starting to settle into Dan Quinn’s scheme and he is getting more comfortable.
He will allow the Cowboys to unleash Parsons even more as a primary edge rusher.
The most underrated player on the Dallas Cowboys offensive line has been C Tyler Biadasz. He had a rough start in his rookie season but you can see the growth in 2021 and 2022.
He is having a good season. Playing 720 snaps and has allowed no sacks through week 12. Kudos to the Cowboys for finding him in fourth round of the draft.
Biadasz is a slightly above average starting center in the NFL. This says a lot about the player and the player development in Dallas.
He has been quite solid this season. He has not been the weak link on the offensive line.
Not this year. I believe Antonio Callaway is a future stash. Coming out of college some compared him to Stefon Diggs because of hands and speed but poor decisions off the field have been his biggest hurdles.
Let’s say Dallas doesn’t sign Beckman (and I am starting to have my doubts they will). I can see James Washington returning by week 15 – if not sooner. But will he provide any kind of impact that late into the season?
Let’s see how it all plays out.
This is a resounding no. The run defense has held this team defense back not a player who is listed as the 5th cornerback on the depth chart.
Kelvin Joseph has been underwhelming as a cornerback in his first two seasons in the NFL.
While he has come to excel on special teams, Dallas didn’t draft him in the 2nd round to be C. J. Goodwin’s sidekick. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Kelvin Joseph to be the Robin to Trevon Diggs’ Batman. He hasn’t even been Alfred.
I was high on Joseph coming out of the 2021 Draft. I saw a cornerback with outstanding coverage skills and a competitive spirit who battled some of the top rated pass catchers in college.
Since that time, Joseph has not been what he could be. All of the fault is his own.
After their Thanksgiving win over the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys have set the table nicely for the rest of the season sitting at 8-3.
When I look at Kelvin Joseph, now. I recall what Bill Parcells once said.
"Sometimes you get young kids who don’t have basic fundamentals, and they’re a little bit like street players. They’re just all instinct, and I always wanted to give them some kind of technical thing to rely on. Then, I’d evaluate how well they were catching on and trying to employ that technique. – Bill Parcells"
Right now, Kelvin Joseph is just a dude on defense. Nothing more.