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Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Randy Gregory Suspended 4 Games

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NFL fans were caught off guard on Friday when the Los Angeles Rams (that is so much fun to say) released Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, and Jared Cook.

When a move that large is made 31 fan bases begin to toy around with the idea of signing Player A or B, justifying how it can work out with their team when it didn't with the player's former.

Twitter was ablaze with Dallas Cowboys fans, myself included, considering the option of a pass rusher like Chris Long alongside the elite young talent currently on the squad and then... all hell broke loose.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has been suspended for the first 4 games of 2016 for violating @NFL substance abuse policy. He has a history.

Even before this setback the Cowboys had a lot of questions where pass rushers were concerned. Just hours ago my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin pondered whether the team should bring back Greg Hardy. Joey Bosa and Noah Spence are draft prospects who many have drooled over partnering with the likes of Gregory. Personally I evaluated the past production of some potential free agent pass rushers last week.

The position was in a state of extreme imbalance when we all woke up this morning, and Randy Gregory's suspension sent that into hyper speed. The pressure that already rested upon finding a pass rusher through some outlet this offseason was just intensified that much more.

What is particularly troubling and frustrating about this is it isn't Randy's first issue with substance abuse.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Per @NFL drug policy, Randy Gregory failed 4 tests. 1st at combine -- in the program. Then 2-gm fine, then 4-gm fine, then 4-gm suspension

Randy's failed drug test at the NFL Combine last year was a large reason why he fell to the Cowboys at the 60th Overall Pick last year. He told us all that he had turned over a new leaf, and that his troubles were behind him. Today proves otherwise.

This is deja vu in the worst way for the Dallas Cowboys as they began last season with their star pass rusher, Greg Hardy, suspended for the season's first four games. It seems that as it has now happened twice... a new tradition is officially born.

There is no doubt that Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere are disappointed in Randy, and you know what? We should be.

Charles Robinson on Twitter

Randy Gregory is an example of why some #NFL teams take guys who fail combine drug tests off the board. Trusting they'll change is a gamble.

We've all spent a lot of time talking and tweeting about the troubles of Johnny Manziel over the last 12 months. I'm not saying that Randy is on that level, but let's not throw Randy a pass (another one, mind you) simply because he's a Dallas Cowboy.

Randy obviously cannot resist something, whatever it is, that the NFL strictly prohibits. These are rules and regulations that a large majority of the NFL is willing and able to follow, but Randy Gregory is not.

Randy Gregory's name is now in the same territory as Josh Gordon's. Think about that before you blindly defend him.

What do you make of Randy Gregory's suspension? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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3 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    Huge disappointment and a game changer with large ripple effect. I really don't want to hear his public apology to friends and family and fans. Just knuckle down and get your act together.

  • RJ Ochoa

    I couldn't agree more on the ripple effect. Everything, literally every aspect, of the offseason is different now. The whole approach. What was already a questionable spot is now incredible fragile. This sucks.

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  • http://www.pigskinhub.com/forum/index.php?forums/dallas-cowboys/ Jess Haynie

    My biggest concern is that, if they even were planning to let Hardy walk, they don't change their stance now. Whatever reasons you had for not wanting Hardy back are just as valid now as they were before the Gregory news. Don't give in out of desperation.

    Again, that's if they actually were planning to let Hardy go. I have no idea which way they're leaning.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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