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Randy Gregory: Rubbing Salt In The Wound

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Rubbing Salt In The Wound That Is Randy Gregory

News broke a few days ago that defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, Randy Gregory, had failed yet another drug test. Now, the league has yet to announce anything officially, but if this is true Gregory is facing a year-long suspension.

This is truly unfortunate for a player that possesses the kind of talent Gregory has, but sometimes people just can't get out of their own way when it comes to living up to expectations.

The Cowboys knew of Gregory's drug-related problems before drafting him in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but believed they could provide enough of a structured atmosphere to help him succeed. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory's 10 Game Suspension Official, DE Sidelined Until Week 16Gregory already entered the league in the drug program after failing a test at the NFL Scouting Combine, and despite his promise to the Dallas Cowboys that he would reward their faith after being drafted, has failed time and time again.

Randy Gregory has become like a wound that just won't heal, and if this latest suspension is true, it's like rubbing salt in it just to make it more painful.

Have you ever gotten sweat in an open sore or even in your eyes?

There's nothing you can do except let the pain play itself out. Sure, you can rub on it and say as many four letter words as you want, but there's really not a way to make the pain go away.

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys however can decide to make the pain go away by  releasing Randy Gregory as soon as possible, but that doesn't seem to be the direction they want to go, at least not yet.

"I know the details of his situation, and I can't and I won't comment on the details about it," Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. "But I am not giving up on Randy Gregory for the Cowboys and certainly not giving up on him as a person in life. At all. Not that it makes any difference that I do, but I do not dismiss him from our future."

Jerry Jones has shown in the past that he's willing to stick with players, despite their off the field problems if he believes they have the talent to help the team. It looks as if Randy Gregory fits into that category.

Gregory can certainly help the pass rush if he can ever get back on the field, but his failure to realize his chances are running out suggests otherwise.

It's starting to look as if Randy Gregory will be another 2nd round draft pick to fail for the Dallas Cowboys and what makes this even worse, is some of the players the Cowboys could have drafted instead in 2015.

Here are a few players that were selected after the Cowboys drafted Randy Gregory and before they chose Chaz Green in the 3rd round.

Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory: Rubbing Salt In The WoundHow about another pass rusher? Frank Clark (Seahawks), Eli Harold (49ers), and Danielle Hunter (Vikings) are a few players that were still available.

What about a running back? They could drafted Duke Johnson Jr. (Browns), Tevin Coleman (Falcons), or David Johnson (Cardinals).

Maybe LB Jordan Hicks (Eagles), WR Tyler Locket (Seahawks), WR Chris Conley (Chiefs), WR Sammie Coates (Steelers), or CB Quinten Rollins (Packers) are players that you would've preferred over Gregory?

Any one of these players mentioned could have already had a bigger impact for the Dallas Cowboys then Randy Gregory.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but the Cowboys organization has to do a better job of drafting players in the 2nd second round if they want to continue building a competitive roster.

Players like Randy Gregory that have known off the field concerns need to be avoided in the future.

What do you think Randy Gregory's future should be with the Dallas Cowboys?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with us your thoughts and opinions on this topic.


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  • http://Dallas.com Nathan Martin

    Let his ads go!!!!! He do not want to be in the league he would rather do drugs so let him do them with his own time! Release him please he is a cancer

    • Brian Martin

      Nathan, Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. I tend to agree with you, but I’m waiting to hear exactly what happened and under what circumstances. But Randy Gregory has proven that he can’t be trusted and it might be better overall to just move on for the Cowboys.

  • Stuart Brereton

    It’s not always the case about everyone with off field issues. They chose not to draft Randy Moss because of off field issues, look how that worked out. Sometimes teams have to take chances, it’s a roll of the dice, you never know!

    • Brian Martin

      Stuart, I agree with you. But if you take a look at the Cowboys 2nd round draft picks over the last decade you will notice that they have failed miserably in judging the players they choose. Gregory’s drug problems go all the way back to college and then to fail a drug test at the Scouting combine tells you all you need to know about his decision-making. I’m hoping he can turn things around, but you never know.

  • Dave

    I was excited when Gregory was drafted but he has proven that he does not possess the mental fortitude to overcome his addition. Maybe it’s his bi-polar disorder or his immaturity. The Cowboys aren’t and shouldn’t be a rehab facility. Time to let him go and move on.

    • Brian Martin

      Dave, I wasn’t against the pick because Gregory is a talented player, but I didn’t think he really fit in the 4-3 defensive scheme. I really wanted Frank Clark, but he had off the field issues as well. But I do agree with you about his lack of mental fortitude. Obviously getting high is more important to him then his career in the NFL.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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