The bad news for Randy Gregory is he hasn’t won many battles in practice. The good news for the second-round draft choice is he’s going against one of the best offensive tackles in the game.
“That’s probably the only thing that keeps me going,” Gregory said. “I was saying that in my head last night. As much as he beats me every day, hopefully the game will be a lot easier. Usually it is if you do the right things in practice, go hard in practice, work on little details in practice, then the games usually come easier.”
Smith, the ninth overall pick in 2011, earned All-Pro honors at left tackle last season though he did allow an uncharacteristic six sacks. He is taking the defensive end from Nebraska to school.
“He’s one of the, if not the best tackle in the league, one of the best tackles in the league,” Gregory said. “You’re going to lose a lot of those. But the good thing is he’s making me better, and hopefully I’m making him better.”
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In 20 career starts at Nebraska, Gregory had 120 tackles, 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. He was one of the best pass-rushers in college. Because of that, he has a great appreciation for how good Smith is.
“He’s a real big guy, and he’s got good feet for his size, good hips for his size, so it’s hard to get by a guy like that,” Gregory said. “I do what I can. But he’s one of the best tackles in the league, so there’s only so much you can do.”
Gregory continues to try to add weight to his 6-5 frame. He weighed 235 at the combine. He’s now 243.
“I was surprisingly light when I got here,” Gregory said. “I’ve gained a lot since I got here, surprisingly with the amount of running we do out there.”
The Cowboys want him in the 250-255 range.
“We’ve still got time,” Gregory said. “I’m just slowly gaining weight as I go. I know the coaches are happy about it. I’m happy about it obviously. It’s going to help my game out. It hadn’t hurt my game at all as far as my conditioning and like that. That’s just another aspect of my game I’ve got to work on.”
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