The Dallas Cowboys' defensive ends have become a punching bag.
If you want to talk football and bring up what should be an explosive and dynamic Cowboys offense, then expect someone to try to bring down your confidence and mention their invisible pass rush.
The absolute last thing Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been during his time in Dallas is invisible, however. In fact, when the Cowboys drafted Gregory in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft, many expected him to be invincible. Taking the number 94, Gregory seemed to relish the hype which surrounded him, and appeared ready to take on the challenge of replacing the long line of great Cowboys' rush-men.
Instead we sit here, just days before the season opener of Gregory's sophomore season, unsure of when or if he will see the field this year.
As Brian Martin of Inside The Star discussed, Gregory's four game suspension was upheld earlier this week, and we are still awaiting word on whether it will be extended to ten games or not.
While both Gregory's professional career and personal life seem to have taken a turn for the worst, it was relieving to hear he is still in rehab and is reportedly doing well enough to return to the team around week two.
Clarification: Randy Gregory will be back around team in Week 2. But sources say no final decision been made on reducing 10-game suspension.
Obviously, I wish the best to Gregory in his life and health, but now we must turn our attention to what he can/will do on Sundays when he returns.
While the final stats looked poor as he failed to record a single sack, Gregory did show a ton of promise at times last season. The problem was, most of these "flashes" happened during the first game, prior to sustaining an ankle injury which hobbled him for several weeks.
cowboys Randy Gregory #94 draws the holding call on a would be #sack #CowboysNation https://t.co/ZvyIMVfDGK
Once fully recovered and acclimated to the system, Randy Gregory once again showed positive signs of improvement down the stretch. Those flashes and moments only make his absence hurt even worse, however.
This is the speed off the edge Dallas will miss with Randy Gregory out. Closes with scary burst (clip via @dtsturner) http://t.co/TQ9GWreZVT
But Dallas has to count on Gregory to live up to his hype as soon as possible. Not only because they spent a second round pick on him, but also because of the sheer lack of talent at defensive end on this roster.
Outside of DeMarcus Lawrence, Gregory is actually the most proven defensive end on the team. Yes, even without recording a single regular season sack. Whether that speaks to the ineptitude of the rest of the roster, or the pure talent of Gregory (or maybe both) it is the truth.
And now that we are in September, and are only days away from the season opener, the Cowboys have to deal with it and remain patient with Gregory. So here they are, relying on the unreliable, living on a hope and a prayer that Gregory can get the help he so clearly needs, and become the player the Cowboys have always hoped.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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