Randy Gregory’s path to the NFL playing field hasn’t been an easy one. Even as a Draft prospect, Gregory was drafted later than what his pure talent dictated. Since joining the Dallas Cowboys as a second-round draft pick in 2015, the edge rusher’s difficult path hasn’t gotten any easier. But in 2021, Randy Gregory feels better than ever, just in time for a potential breakout season.
Since he entered the NFL six seasons ago, Randy has played in only 38 games, missing almost three full seasons (2016, 2017, and 2019) due to multiple substance-abuse suspensions. But now, after being supported by the Dallas Cowboys consistently, Gregory feels back on track.
Earlier this week, Gregory talked about his situation and how he’s feeling this year.
“It’s a lot of self-love. I think there was a point and time of my life when you could ask me to say one good thing about myself and I couldn’t; I could say 20 bad things.”
En route to 2021, Randy Gregory talked about surrounding himself with better people and remaining on the right track.
#Cowboys DE Randy Gregory pretty introspective today. Asked about his mental clarity and self confidence: “self love and understanding” says he’s lessened chaos around him, surrounding himself with better people, “bills to pay” budgeting, staying on top of things.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) June 8, 2021
Not only are Randy Gregory’s off-the-field issues shaping up, but football-wise, he might be about to enter the best stage of his NFL career. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys witnessed some impressive flashes of Gregory’s athleticism. Just about every time he was on the field, his presence could be felt.
At least, opposing quarterbacks felt it as he tallied 12 QB hits and 3.5 sacks in limited playing time. DeMarcus Lawrence and Aldon Smith finished the season with 10 and eight quarterback hits respectively.
Speaking of Aldon Smith, the Cowboys aren’t holding Gregory back now with another potential starter. After Aldon’s fast start last season, he got a lot more playing time than #94. In fact, some rumored that one of the front office’s biggest disappointments regarding Mike Nolan and Jim Tomsula was Randy’s snap count.
After all, he played in only 25% of the team’s defensive snaps. Considering his production and play, he should’ve been on the field more time.
Now, he leads the depth chart opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence. Although players like Bradlee Anae and Chauncey Golston should compete for some snaps in the rotation, the Cowboys are set to get a breakout season from Gregory.
As the Dallas Cowboys’ DE said, last year was his “real” rookie training camp. Now, with his mind in the right place, his talent in clear sight, and the right playing time, everything is going well for Randy Gregory.
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