Randy Gregory, when he has been on the field is a disruptive force for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys drafted Gregory in the second round of 2015 NFL draft. However, off the field issues caused Gregory to slide into the second round. Meanwhile, he has flashed first round talent on numerous occasions. Jerry Jones and company have not given up on Gregory and the one-year extension gives Gregory a chance to show what he can do.
During Gregory’s college career at Nebraska, he accounted for 120 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, and two interceptions. With that kind of production, it is easy to understand why Dallas drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. The Cowboys signing Gregory to an extension is a chance for Gregory to display the talent he showed at Nebraska. Gregory has the opportunity to play for a longer and better contract, should he have an impressive 2020 season.
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With the Dallas Cowboys, already battling injuries on the defensive line and linebacker units, having Randy Gregory ready to play should benefit the defense. The addition of Gregory will give the Cowboys another pass rusher for opposing offensive lines to account for. Adding Gregory to a pass rushing group that includes Aldon Smith, Everson Griffen, Demarucs Lawrence, and Tyrone Crawford will cause expectations to rise regarding sacks of the quarterback and turnovers forced.
Expectations are always high in Dallas. The offense has plenty of weapons to throw at opponents. However, over the course of the offseason the Cowboys added some talented players to the defense. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on the window that this Cowboys’ team has, a solid defense will get this team to where they should be. With a solid season from the defense and the offense putting up the points, a playoff run will not be out of the question this season.