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Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Good news are coming to Dallas just in time. Less than a week from now, the NFL Draft will be held in the Cowboys' home, the AT&T Stadium. But the team may count with a defensive talent many in Cowboys Nation have tried to forget for a while now. Randy Gregory's comeback may just happen.

There's a lot of positions in the roster that need more help than the defensive end one, but after finding the "War Daddy" Jerry Jones has always wanted in DeMarcus Lawrence, finding a RDE this offseason would be a dream scenario.

Sure, there's a lot of young talent in this football team and they'll be coming off a season that put a chip on their shoulders. Even so, they'll need all the help they can get.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, some help could come in form of a very talented pass rusher. Randy Gregory is reportedly applying for reinstatement very soon and according to Mike Fisher and Bobby Belt, there are positive reports around the situation.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Randy Gregory update: I'm told there is real momentum building. He is expected to apply for reinstatement in the week or two following next week's NFL Draft.

Cowboys Nation last saw the second round pick back in 2016, but his potential shouldn't be forgotten. Of course, the Cowboys shouldn't be considering Gregory for their 2018 plans, simply because there's risk of him not being available.

Even still, Dallas may get lucky at defensive end. After DeMarcus Lawrence has a breakout season in 2017, imagine the defensive line with Randy Gregory reinstated and rehabilitated to exploit his talent in the NFL.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

UPDATE: We're told Randy Gregory camp is ready to present to NFL the fact the #Cowboys DE has passed a large number of drug tests, hasn't failed one since July 2016. https://t.co/Hjgu2CqRtC

Despite some TMZ "reports", it looks like Gregory has been clean for a while. It sure should make Cowboys' fans happy and not only form a football perspective. A comeback would definitely be something amazing. He has a chance to write a unique story for himself.

Everyone likes second-chance stories. Gregory is a guy who had his share of problems. By coming back to the NFL, he's showing players and fans that change is possible. This wouldn't just be epic for Dallas Cowboys fans but NFL fans in general.

If Dallas is fortunate enough to see Gregory reinstated by the NFL, their fight in the trenches might see a big upgrade next season. Randy still has a lot to work on and he might not even be a starter right away, but the potential is right there.

The Cowboys could become a team capable of dominating the line of scrimmage both on offense and on defense.

Hopefully, Gregory is able to come back and shine as a professional player. He, and NFL fans deserve a story like that.

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9 Comments

  1. Mr. Jaguar

    April 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Imho, by mid season , Mr. Gregory, with boulder size chip on his shoulder, will began to wreck chaos, on the opponents quarterbacks, with Lawrence, and Irving, tasting some quarterback 2.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      April 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Let’s go! Thanks for reading, sir

  2. Chuck Wright

    April 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Assume he is re-admitted to the league, what is his status? Is he a 2nd year player (did the clock stop when he was suspended) or will be be in his 4th season in terms of being a FA?

    • EverybodyTalks

      April 20, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      There is some debate. If Randy had played his contract out,then he would be a FA at the end of 2018 season. It gets tricky because he missed 2017 completely and in 2016 he didn’t accrue enough games to call it a qualifying season. The closest example of where Randy is with his contract is David Irving. Still, it can break a couple of ways, depending on which rules are applied. Gregory could be here, w/o a new contract until 2020 or a FA in 2021. It all depends on how the NFL counts his time.

  3. Russ_Te

    April 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Free Kool-aid on the Cowboys. I’ll have one…

    There is little for fans to lose except too much definite expectation. This team has needed a legit RDE since Ware left, and Gregory is a legit RDE.

    The first issue is the rehab. We’ll see. It would be an unprecedented comeback by NFL standards / gone for 2 years – except the last 2 games of 2016. It would be groundbreaking both personally for Gregory, and for the team if he turns into a regular player. A model about not giving up on a great talent with personal problems.

    Won’t be in football shape as a starter, but that’s fine. You would bring him in on long downs and tell him to crash the backfield. If he still has that awesome first step, and Lawrence and Irving are healthy, this DL could take over games and make life hell when offenses don’t get a good gain on 1st down. Give me 12 or 14 games of that, and I’ll show you a division title.

    • EverybodyTalks

      April 20, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Agreed. That is the way I’d see them using Randy. That is just scary good. Since we are sipping Cowboy Kool-Aid, imagine Vita getting drafted. A guy can dream, pass that pitcher, please. I need a refill.

  4. EverybodyTalks

    April 20, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Most misery in life doesn’t come from others, but from our own poor decisions. Hope Randy has learned from those tough lessons. Hope his priorities have taken a 180. Mr. Gregory has a family, so his time is now their time. Truly, I hope he understands it’s time to man up for them. Above all, I hope he has his mind right. All the best Randy. Come back hungry, young man.

  5. Turri Smith

    April 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Hope his potential can be realized. Too bad they trip on the bud. Hopefully everything else is squared away. He still has I believe 2-3 years left on contract.

  6. Datschu

    April 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    The guy smokes pot… he didn’t kill, molest,rape,maim or injure another human… at any other company, in California at least….you get popped for dirty tests you tell them you have a problem and “need help” you get treatment and by law your job is secured for a period of time after treatment has finished…
    Drug addiction is now classified as a disease by physicians and therapists these days…

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Cowboys Expect C Travis Frederick Back for Offseason Program

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Lost in yesterday's hoopla over Scott Linehan's return was a positive report about Center Travis Frederick. In his comments to the media, Jason Garrett said that Frederick's recovery timetable should allow him to a full participant in the team's offseason program.

After never missing a start in his first five years, Travis missed all of 2018 dealing with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The disease attacked his neurological system and required immediate and intensive treatment.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Jason Garrett says the team anticipates Travis Frederick being involved in the offseason program right from the start this spring if he continues on the same positive track in recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome. #cowboyswire

While Joe Looney performed admirably in Frederick's absence, he's not an elite talent. Travis has been arguably the best center in the NFL since entering the league in 2013.

It's hard to qualify what effect not having Frederick had on the Cowboys offense in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott still led the league in rushing, but short-yardage plays weren't as automatic as we've seen in past years. A 4th-and-1 stuff was part of what led to the Cowboys' loss this past Saturday.

Dak Prescott was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL in 2018. After being sacked just 25 and 32 times in his first two seasons, the number skyrocketed to 56 sacks.

That's not all on Frederick, of course. Tyron Smith had some health issues and there were was turnover at left guard.

But having your All-Pro veteran center out there to help with the pre-snap reads, and help the rookie guard on his left, might have helped avoid some of those issues.

Indeed, Travis Frederick's return is just one of many reasons for optimism with the 2019 season. One of the best players on the team, he was sorely missed this year and can only help as Dallas looks to build on their division title and playoff appearance.



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For Cowboys to Beat the Rams, Dak Prescott must Lead the Way

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Playoff Scenarios Aim Towards Seahawks vs Cowboys in Wild Card

In the NFL wins and losses often come down to quarterback play. That isn't to say that if a team wins, it was all because of the quarterback and inversely, if a team loses that it was all on the quarterback. Teams win or lose games. Generally speaking, however, the quarterback has the highest amount of influence on the outcome of an NFL game. This will be no different for the Dallas Cowboys this Saturday when they take on the Los Angeles Rams in the LA Coliseum. For America's Team to make their first trip to the NFC Championship Game since 1996, Dak Prescott has to have a good game.

This looks to be a good matchup for the Dallas Cowboys offense, which should allow Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to take advantage in certain areas.

A few Rams Passing Game Notes

  • The Los Angeles Rams were middle of the pack against the pass this season, allowing the 14th fewest passing yards in the league this season.
  • The Rams allowed 7.7 yards per attempt. Dak Prescott is averaging 7.6 yards per attempt since week 10 of the season.
  • The Rams allowed the eighth most passing touchdowns in the NFL this season. They and the New Orleans Saints are the only teams in the top 10 of passing touchdowns allowed in the playoffs this season.
  • The Rams were 15th in the NFL in sacks, with 41, but Aaron Donald accounted for half of that with 20.5 sacks on the season. No other player had more than five sacks.
  • They were third in the NFL in interceptions, collecting 18.
  • The Rams allowed the ninth highest yards per completion on the season at 11.8. So on average, every completion went for a first down.

Dak Prescott is playing as well as any quarterback in the playoffs at the moment. Over the last nine games, he's averaging 272 passing yards, two total touchdowns, was only intercepted four times, and was sacked on average 3.2 times per game.

On Saturday night, we saw Scott Linehan put the ball in his hands on a couple designed runs that nearly scored touchdowns. It was an excellent addition to the offense that could help fix the Cowboys red zone woes. Getting Dak Prescott running on some designed runs or quarterback draws could help slow down Aaron Donald and the pass rush.

The Cowboys needed every bit of Dak Prescott magic to overcome a stingy Seattle Seahawks defense in their Wild Card win and they'll need him to step up again this week against the Rams. Every team is going to attempt to take away the running game to make Dak beat you and as he continues to mature, he's getting more and more comfortable doing that. He's comfortable with the big stage and the big moments.

NFL Research on Twitter

Dak Prescott Since 2016, including playoffs * 15 game-winning drives (Most in NFL) * 13 primetime QB wins (Most in NFL) * 19 rush TD (Most in NFL by QB) #DallasCowboys @dak

No Quarterback in the NFL has more game winning drives, rushing touchdowns, or wins in primetime than Dak Prescott. When we talk about Dak Prescott, we talk a lot about the things that he can't do as a passer and deservedly so, he still has some growing to do in that area, but in the things that you can't objectively quantify -- mental toughness, resiliency, clutchness, will, determination -- Dak is one of the best in the NFL. He's as mentally tough as they come in the NFL and he doesn't let the spotlight or the game situation phase him. He has that stuff that's hard to put your finger on.

The Dallas Cowboys will need more of that on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Rams can score and can score in bunches and if the Cowboys defense starts sluggish or has an off night, they'll need Dak Prescott to keep them in the game. Even if the defense has a good game, Dak still has to come through in the passing game and on the ground to give the Cowboys a chance to pull off the upset.

The Dallas Cowboys are going to try to run the ball against the Rams on Saturday. That's their identity; run the ball, control the clock, and be efficient in the passing game. Prescott, either with his legs or with his arm will have to make some plays to extend drives and keep the Rams offense on the sideline. He'll need to be sharp in the red zone to convert those opportunities into touchdowns. Settling for field goals against the Rams is how the Cowboys get beat.

This matchup with the Rams looks to set up nicely for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, yet how things look on paper doesn't mean much when the lights go on and the whistle blows. It's a big stage and it's another win-or-go-home game for the Cowboys (like every game has been over the last nine weeks). In a big game, you need big time players, and the Cowboys have one in quarterback Dak Prescott.



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Cowboys Place WR Allen Hurns on IR, Promote Practice Squad Player

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We all knew that Allen Hurns' season was over after the ugly ankle injury he suffered last Saturday night against the Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys made it official today, placing the receiver on injured reserve.

Hurns' spot on the 53-man roster will go to Lance Lenoir, who Dallas has called up from the practice squad for the second time this year.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Cowboys officially placed Allen Hurns on IR and called up Lance Lenior Jr. Cowboys signed WR Brandon Reilly to practice squad.

Lenoir was on the roster from Week 10 to Week 16 during Tavon Austin's injury. He was waived and returned to practice squad when Austin came back a few weeks ago.

Tavon's health may be why Lenoir is back on the roster. The veteran return man appeared to injure himself on his 51-yard punt return in the 4th quarter. Seattle punted it one other time after that play, and Cole Beasley fielded that one.

Lance Lenoir can both return kicks and do some of what Tavon Austin provided on offense.

His spot on the practice squad goes to Brandon Reilly, a second-year player who went undrafted in 2017 out of Nebraska. Reilly was with the Buffalo Bills as a practice squad player and was on the active roster in December of that year, but didn't make final cuts this season.

He also spent time on the Detroit Lions' practice squad this year.



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