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.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
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.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
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!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper 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.
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... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
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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