Friday, January 22, 2021

2 weeks on, no word on Randy Gregory

Now two weeks on from the reinstatement of Aldon Smith, there is still no word from the NFL on the case of Randy Gregory. The 2012 second-round pick, was suspended indefinitely under the leagues’ substance abuse policy back in February 2019 but is widely tipped for reinstatement under the new CBA that is more lenient on drugs issues.

The case of Randy Gregory should be much simpler for the league office to rule on than the Aldon Smith case, as Gregory’s issues are entirely based around substance abuse and do not include any similar character issues.

Randy Gregory could be a difference maker on this roster

The Cowboys are still in need of top-end edge rushers on the roster after the draft and free agency. While DeMarcus Lawrence will obviously fill one slot, the other side looks to be more of a rotation/hit-and-hope philosophy. The signing of Gerald McCoy has added some much-needed kick, but Robert Quinn has not be adequately replaced.

At his prime, Gregory was a disruptive edge rusher, who amassed 6 QB hits in his rookie season back in 2015. Playing only 245 snaps in his rookie campaign, Gregory also registered 15 hurries, giving him a pressure in every 11.6 plays. His rookie season was interrupted by a high-ankle sprain that curtailed his development.

Randy Gregory could add some much needed depth at the edge position

His substance issues have been well documented, failing tests at the NFL Combine, one in February 2016, April 2016, November 2016, and finally in February 2019. The last of these failed tests led to his indefinite suspension from the league.

Before the 2018 season, Gregory had missed 30 of the previous 32 games due to suspension. However, in 2018 Randy Gregory had been reinstated to the league and played a career-high 457 snaps. Accumulating 37 total pressures, he registered 5 sacks and forced his first fumble.

Gregory has struggled throughout his career with anxiety and marijuana issues. However, he is believed to be doing well now, and with the relaxation of rules around recreational drug use, he is expected to be reinstated in a matter of days.

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