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“I Wasn’t Nervous”, Randy Gregory Anxious for More After Preseason Debut

Sean Martin



"I Wasn't Nervous", Randy Gregory Anxious for More After Preseason Debut

For some members of the Dallas Cowboys, ten plays is likely all they needed to see played against the Bengals for the team's home debut on Saturday. The Cowboys came out of week two with plenty of injury scares, potentially losing starters Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier, and even Zack Martin for the regular season opener.

For Defensive End Randy Gregory, ten snaps wasn't nearly enough for a player making his return to a real game for the first time since January 1st, 2017. Gregory's lengthy reinstatement process has already turned the former second round pick into a Cowboys success story, with the team now focused on having him reclaim the right defensive end position.

In doing so on passing downs against the Bengals, Gregory played his first game at AT&T Stadium since December of 2016 (Dez Bryant threw a touchdown to Jason Witten in this game), and clearly looked like a player enjoying every second of playing in front of his home fans.


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Gregory did not officially show up in the box score, but did have this would-be sack blown dead on a false start. This play is just one example of many where Gregory was able to "rush the half man". This means he attacked the outside shoulder of the left tackle and reduced his blocking surface area.

The bend and finish ability wasn't quite there with Gregory yet, but this explosive first step paired with a noticeable increase in upper body strength is a great starting point.


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When Gregory wasn't in the game, Tyrone Crawford and Dorance Armstrong took the majority of snaps on the weak side. On the above play, Gregory and Crawford were on the field together, with Crawford reduced to the 3T-DT position.

Gregory ends up the furthest up field of any Cowboys linemen, and still hustles back into the play to make a hit away from the ball. It's this youthful energy that the Cowboys have seen Gregory turn into sacks before, with reason to believe he can do it again.

With Crawford and Armstrong also looking good at Gregory's position, the Cowboys can keep him fresh. This will almost surely mean more than ten snaps a game for Gregory, which is where his added upper body weight becomes important.

Durability is not the latest concern Gregory wants to bring to the team that's never faltered on wanting his talent, and personality, to be a part of their culture. Without a legitimate sample size to work with, it's difficult to say that Gregory will be "the best he ever has", but having a chance to get reps in the two more preseason games puts him well ahead of the curve.

The Cowboys defensive line should be licking their lips at the prospects of a week one game in Carolina, with the Panthers already losing two starters on a shaky offensive line.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

I've reported that Randy Gregory has added almost 20 pounds of upper-body since coming to #Cowboys as 225-lb rookie. Let's check in ...

There will be another time to discuss even more of the nuances inside what the Cowboys saw in Gregory out of Nebraska. For now, Gregory's long path back to The Star has him contributing as a first team defensive end at training camp, backing up this status with a high-effort preseason debut.

Without even hitting a quarterback yet, Gregory is a heartwarming story that the NFL -- and the Cowboys from an outsiders point of view -- could use more of.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin



BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!

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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

Jess Haynie



L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark...

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.

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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

Jess Haynie



Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.

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