Much of the news that Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was featured in has nothing to do with his exploits on the pitch. From drug addiction tribulations to injury setbacks to controversial statements, the last years of his life were eventful – to say the least.
But despite all the turmoil, uncertainty and worry that surrounded his efforts throughout his professional career, his remarkable potential on the pitch is what kept his name on the Cowboys roster.
Gregory’s many complications have severely limited his playing time up to this point. But the No.94 is now healthier than ever, eager to put his rocky past behind him and hungry for plentiful quarterback sacks, as well as extra playing time.
That desire has a bit of extra fuel injected after struggling for clichés in Mike Nolan’s diet last season.
“I felt that there was a a little favoritism, refusing to let me outshine their favorite.
“They knew I could do it, so they did what they could to keep me away. I had my times when I was angry. I used to talk to [agent] rock [Schaffer] about that, and the best thing I could do was go out into the field with the games they gave me and make those games worth it. I did, but I really felt like I was robbed a year last year.
Dan Quinn make a clear point to endow Gregory with reimbursements for some of the precious time he wasted in 2020.
“I was surprised he didn’t play more,” said Quinn.
“I told Mike about it. He was at the top of the list for me when it comes to defining a role. His playing time will increase, that’s for sure. I think it will really take off.
Quinn told reporters he intends to make Gregory a “star passer” within his system as the preseason approaches.
Quinn followed this sentiment by praising the “special features” of # 94.
DC Cowboys Dan Quinn says Randy Gregory will be a “star pass rusher”. He was impressed with Gregory’s tight turn and gained a better appreciation of DE’s “special traits” through close interaction.
– Brianna Dix (@DixBrianna) July 24, 2021
We’re just days away from the end of the team’s training camp, but Gregory has more than shone. He became the quarterback on several occasions, stifled running games in the backfield, and outscored his opponents in several one-on-one clashes.
A former assistant called him unblockable, make a Pro Bowl appearance be in the cards for him in ’21.
Neither of us can make up for lost time in this lifetime, but Gregory is making the most of his present as he anticipates a lead role in the near future.