Jerry Jones on Gregory: ‘Need to have him in there every time that we get a chance’

Matthew Lenix
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been one of the best stories of the 2020 NFL season. His past is well documented with several suspensions due to failed drug tests under the league’s old substance-abuse policy. He started this season on the sidelines for the first six games due to the terms of his conditional reinstatement and didn’t see the field until the Cowboys Week 7 matchup with the Washington Football Team.

Gregory has transformed himself into one of the most reliable defenders on a Cowboys defense that has forced 10 turnovers on their current three-game winning streak. So much so, that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it known after Gregory’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles that he needs to be on the field as often as possible.

“We need to have him in there every time that we get a chance,” Jones said.

No matter how many times Gregory was suspended in the past the Cowboys organization never left his side, even during the 2019 season when he worked at an Amazon warehouse to make ends meet. When Jones made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan earlier this week he talked about why he took the risk on Gregory in the 2015 NFL Draft.

“I thought when we drafted him he was the best pass-rusher in the draft,” Jones said. “And that’s why I took the risk on him that I took. But it was a risk at the time and we paid for that risk. Randy will be the first to tell you. And now it’s paying off for us.”

The boss of America’s Team couldn’t be any more right with that particular statement. Gregory’s first big performance this season came on Thanksgiving against Washington. He would register his first sack since December of 2018. It was also the first game of his career with multiple sacks.

This past Sunday against was his best game yet since his return. Gregory finished with 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a pass defended. It’s the first time a player has had a game with that stat line since James Harrison in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, it was the first time a Cowboys player forced three fumbles in a game since David Irving in 2016.

After his breakout performance of the season, Gregory talked about finding his groove on the field and how he’s been more consistent than in years past.

“I was joking with Tyrone (Crawford) on the sideline (that) it’s probably the worst I’ve felt physically in a game as far as wear and tear,” Gregory said, via the team’s website. “But you’ve got to keep pushing forward. But as far as day to day, feeling strong, feeling like I can go out there and really play at my highest level, I’ve really stayed consistent with that throughout the year. Very proud of myself for that. I think in years past, I couldn’t say the same. But this year, I’ve done a pretty good job.”

Gregory has gotten his demons off of the field under control and is showing that he’s one of the league’s most talented pass rushers. At just 28 years of age and only 37 games of NFL battles on his body, Gregory will be terrorizing quarterbacks for years to come.

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