Randy Gregory hasn’t talked to the media since his four-game suspension, leaving others to talk for him. The Cowboys continue to express disappointment in the defensive end, while also giving him their support.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he has had numerous conversations with Gregory about the suspension.
“Certainly, it’s very disappointing,” Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. We made that abundantly clear with him, and he understands that more than anybody. But at some point, you have to say, ‘OK, this is what happened; this is what the consequences are for that action; and now we’re going to get to work. I’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and I’ve got to get to work as a football player to become a better player with the opportunities I do have.’ That’s what our emphasis is with him and really with the rest of the guys.”
Gregory will miss the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He is one failed test from a 10-game suspension.
But Garrett said Gregory has matured since the Cowboys made him a second-round pick last season.
“Just in everything he does -- how he handles himself in meetings, in the walk-through, in the offseason program, on the practice field,” Garrett said. “Again, it’s a work in progress. He has gotten better. But he has a long way to go. A lot of guys have a long way to go.”
Gregory is working with the first team at right end in organized team activities despite the fact the Cowboys won’t have him to start the season.
“You treat him like he is going to be part of our football team, certainly at this stage,” Garrett said. “…You just get him to work. He will get plenty of work over the course of this offseason, and over the course of training camp and prior to the start of the regular season, when he is going to be gone for four weeks. So get him in there, get a good base underneath him, teach him technique, teach him the schemes we are using, and hopefully he grows every day.”
Gregory played in 12 games last season, with no starts, and made 11 tackles and 16 quarterback pressures. He played 245 snaps, or 23.2 percent of the defensive plays.