Although he’s taken a roundabout route to get here, defensive end Randy Gregory believes he can be a leader for young Dallas Cowboys players.
DALLAS – Randy Gregory has had its ups and downs in the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys.
For the first time in his NFL career, the offseason has been smooth and straight; there are no suspensions hanging over his head. With no imminent time bombs that could explode before Week 1 and cost him anywhere from four games to an entire season, the former Nebraska second-round pick in 2015 was able to focus on team and football.
“This year I think for me it’s really about finding my role on this team, not like someone who is here and then leaves for a while,” Gregory told reporters on Tuesday. “Someone who is here to stay and someone who wants to be a leader not only vocally but on the pitch with my game. I think that’s one of the most important things for me that I have. always struggled, it’s my leadership skills on and off the pitch.on the pitch so this year I’m trying to be a little more invested because I’m one of the older guys in the bunch . “
Although Gregory has only recorded 38 career games, he is one of the oldest statesmen along the defensive line with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and defensive tackle Brent Urban having each joined the league. in 2014. At 29, Gregory feels like the youngest players. admire him, although he may not have much gaming experience.
“Naturally, I feel like the guys are looking at me for feedback and advice or looking at me doing a play and showing people how it’s done,” Gregory said. “That’s how you want to be as a player, so that’s the main thing for me now it’s just to find my role on this team and see how I can help everyone.”
Gregory provided the Cowboys with 21 combined tackles, four loss tackles, 12 quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks, one pass break and three forced fumbles after serving his six-game suspension to start 2020. It was the fifth consecutive season where the defensive end had to struggle with a suspension hanging over his head and his off-season availability was also compromised.
As Gregory has struggled with violations of NFL addiction policy, he has had to deal with such narratives as well. However, what’s done is done, according to Gregory.
Gregory said: “It’s in the past. I’ve done a great job the last few years with the team on and off the pitch and look forward to the future if it’s three years, five years, anything. I “I’m having fun. I do what I have to do. The coaches love me, the players love me – at least I think they do – and I’m not worried about everything else. I’m doing a good job. “
Gregory’s dad, a Cowboys fan and football “geek”, told his 6-5, 242-pound son that he didn’t have a lot of media coverage during the offseason, which Gregory considers a big deal. small victory in June.
“It’s a win, I agree,” said Gregory. “I think it’s done, I think I understand why it’s being asked. I understand that. It takes time to build trust and that’s what I’m going to do.”
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