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Randy Gregory “Lights Out” As He Prepares for Week 7 Return

The has been the worst in the NFL through the first five weeks of the season and it's not even close. There appears to be a light on the horizon though as the Cowboys got back last week, appear to be getting back this week, should return soon, and next week marks the return of .

Time heals all wounds. 

Gregory's return couldn't come sooner as the Cowboys will need all hands on deck for the final 11 games if they hope to salvage what has been a disappointing start to the . According to Cowboys , the pass rusher has been “lights out” and “looks better than I've ever seen him.”

Those are strong words, considering Ezekiel Elliott has seen a lot of Randy Gregory over the years. There have been reports that Gregory has improved his size and strength in preparation for his return. When Gregory last played he came in around 250 pounds, not small by any stretch, but generally lighter than most defensive ends in a four-man front.

The last time Gregory saw an extended amount of game action was in 2018 when he had six in 14 games, helping the reach the .

Though and are playing well, there should be a role for Gregory when he returns in week seven against the Washington Football Team. Veteran hasn't provided the spark many thought he would when he was signed as a this Summer. Perhaps Gregory will be that spark.

If the Cowboys can get the player we saw back in 2018, it could help propel their defense to another level. Gregory's return would allow the Cowboys to use Aldon Smith and Everson Griffen on the inside on obvious pass-rushing downs and it could force Griffen into a more specialist role.

After the loss of , the Cowboys defense will need to be better over the rest of the 2020 season for the Cowboys to have much of a chance at anything other than an early exit from the postseason. Randy Gregory's presence and play should provide a spark that could help everyone from the front four to the group and the as well.

There is still a lot that can be accomplished in 2020, but it's going to require getting all of your defensive pieces back and healthy and them coming together to provide much better play as a group.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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