Edwards-Barr Reunion & WR Youth 

Barr’s reunion

When George Edwards was named defensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2014, his first significant addition was a rookie linebacker from UCLA. That decision to draft Anthony Barr benefited not only Minnesota, but Edwards as well.

And now, eight years later, the Cowboys have both Edwards and Barr, who signed to the team this week.

On Friday, Edwards met with the media and corrected a reporter who asked if Barr was a “good guy” to work with.

“No, Anthony Barr is a great guy, on and off the field,” said Edwards. “He’s a real pro. He’s going to pay attention to the details. His study habits, with his preparation, go along with the gifts he’s been blessed with athletically. He’ll be a good player for us. He’ll be good in our dressing room. He will be good off the field. At the end of the day he is a real pro, which is a credit to him and the attention he pays to the details.”

Barr excelled most as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 schedule. The four straight years he made the Pro Bowl (2015-18), Barr registered just 9.5 sacks in total and never more than 3.5 in a season.

But Barr has also chased the quarterback from the outside, asking how the Cowboys will use him alongside Micah Parsons.

As for where Barr will line up, Edwards hasn’t shared a lot of details, only to say “we’ve got plenty of packs that will get all these guys on the field together.”

Edwards added: “I think at the end of the day, if you know someone where you go to a new dressing room, a new vibe is a plus. that you … clearly with his talents, he has a lot. We are glad we have him and the skills he brings to us defensively.”

-Nick Eatman (8/5)

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