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If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?

The will enter in with arguably their deepest and most talented in years. continues to hope for the best possible news on suspended , to potentially take this defensive front to the next level. Should Gregory be reinstated, the Cowboys would have another option at right defensive end. This is a position they've bolstered with the of and drafting of , both moves coming behind would-be starter .

This logjam at DE begs the question, amidst optimism for Gregory's situation, is the 2015 pick even a lock to make this roster?

Who Does Randy Gregory Need to Outplay?

Going through some form of the Cowboys at Gregory's position above does little to sort out how Gregory can justify a starting position. Having true starters on the defensive line is not DC 's way, meaning a possible rotation of Crawford, Gregory, and Armstrong could coexist.

If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?
Dallas Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford, QB

Even with insufficient depth at defensive , the Cowboys seem committed to keeping Crawford on the . As he's done with each position change within the Cowboys , Crawford is slowly developing into a respectable right end that's great against the run.

This sounds like just the type of player to compliment a speedy rusher like Gregory, but Randy won't be alone in this role should he return to the team. Along with FA addition Kony Ealy, the Cowboys will look to bring back from an concussion, and also have second-year rusher in need of a true position.

It's fair to say that Gregory has been anything but reliable since the Cowboys took a gamble on him, but turning his life around to see out this would go a long way in beating out the often-injured Tapper.

Given Ealy's ability to play both on the edge and inside, at his best if receiving limited snaps, I believe that Gregory will only have to surpass Tapper in reaching a favorable spot on the Cowboys depth chart at DE.

Comparing Randy  Gregory and Dorance Armstrong

Of course, making the roster and making an impact on defense are two vastly different realities for Gregory in 2018. Another player that could stunt his opportunities to hunt down quarterbacks is rookie fourth round pick Dorance Armstrong.

If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster? 1
Dallas Cowboys DE Dorance Armstong  (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The Cowboys would love to see Armstrong begin his career with a strong showing in Oxnard, owning all of the traits needed to be an effective right end at the next level.

Lacking the true cornering speed that Gregory has flashed in short spurts, Armstrong did produce a ten sack season for Kansas in 2016. This production matches the traits that kept Armstrong a priority for the Cowboys at the draft, despite only seeing him get home 1.5 times in 2017.

Rewind to last year's draft, and the Cowboys spent their pick on a defensive end they looked to make a right end, all while knowing his ideal spot is at LDE. This makes the difference between drafting Charlton and Armstrong an important one, as the Cowboys are clearly searching for high-value options to complete their .

Again, assuming Tapper becomes the odd man out in the Cowboys carrying Gregory, Ealy, and Armstrong as right ends, the work is cut out for Gregory to regain the trust of his coaches and bring what only he can to this defense.

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It goes without saying that Randy Gregory will carry plenty of attention with him if present in Oxnard. This is a player capable of transforming a young Cowboys defense into one of the league's most feared.

While the Cowboys would do well to quickly sort out who plays the 3T-DT position alongside , and the 1T inside for that matter too, sticking Gregory on the opposite edge could be the easiest decision they make to see immediate improvements in their pass rush.

Should Ealy or Armstrong have more to say about this lineup for the Cowboys defensive line, the depth of this unit will live up to the hype.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Travis Diggs

No where close to a lock, what have we seen to make us think other wise?? Lets be real here

Ethan Chazin

It would be nice if this team could get ANY return on its wasted #2-3 draft picks Gregory and Tapper. BUT…if Taco displays progress and Armstrong, Covington, and Ealy ball in training camp then perhaps we will be okay esp if Irving can make a difference after his suspension. BTW…what is up with this team and all the suspensions.

CrippledShark_KRIP

Dallas is going to take a LONG LOOK at Gregory. They rolled the dice, have invested much and dealt with tons of crap. The last thing they want is for him to redeem himself with Giants Blue or a Eagles green uni on. That would leave even a bigger gash in the epidural of Mr. Jones. Unless Randy implodes and reverts back to his dope smokin days, he will be on this roster.

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