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Gerald McCoy Says Scheme Will "Let Me Be Me"


Arguably the best offseason addition the Cowboys made this spring was to sign Gerald McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowler who should immediately impact the defensive tackle position.

While the move was made back in early March, McCoy has yet to even meet most of his teammates and coaches.

But although McCoy remains in Tampa, where he spent the majority of his career while all NFL headquarters remained closed during this national pandemic, the veteran has had at least one virtual meeting with the coaches.
And from the sounds of things, McCoy liked what he heard, especially when the topic centered on his role with the defense.

"I talked to the coaches a little bit. (The scheme) fits me," McCoy said. "Everything they want to do is everything I love to do. And they're going to let me be me. They're bringing me in to be me - get up the field, disrupt the passer, get in the backfield and make plays. That's what I love to do and that's what they're going to allow me to do."

McCoy said that during a 1-on-1 interview with Shannon Gross of "Hangin' With the Boys." Other things the veteran said during the call included:

  • McCoy says he's lost 20 pounds that should help with some of the injury issues he's experienced.
  • This wasn't the first time the Cowboys approached McCoy in free agency but it didn't work out a year ago.
  • McCoy discussed playing alongside Dontari Poe and a relationship he's forming already with DeMarcus Lawrence.

Check out the full interview with Gerald McCoy.