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Cowboys rookie DE Randy Gregory trying to prove he has grit

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is trying to show coach Jason Garrett he has plenty of grit.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is trying to show coach Jason Garrett he has plenty of grit. AP

OXNARD, Calif. Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory met with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on his visit before the draft. Garrett quickly told the former Nebraska defensive end that he lacked “grit.”

“He pretty much said I wasn’t tough,” Gregory said. “That was pretty much within like the first 10 minutes of meeting him. In my head, I’m like, ‘You’re telling me I’m not tough. You’re crazy. I know I’m tough. I’m playing this sport.’…I almost felt like leaving his office. I’m like, ‘I don’t know if he even wants me part of this organization.’ But I met with [Jerry] Jones, and coach Garrett is all about challenging us. I understand that now after being around him so much. Really do appreciate him for that.”

Gregory left thinking he had no chance of being drafted by the Cowboys. Instead, Dallas made him the 60th overall pick after he fell out of the first round.

“One of the things that we try to do in the draft process is we’re very out front and honest and open with the guys that we’re evaluating,” Garrett said. “When we get a chance to interview them, and we see stuff on tape that we like, we talk about that. When we see stuff on tape that we don’t like, we talk about that, and we try to get to the bottom of it, and we challenge these guys. It’s no different than any other interview I’ve ever had with any of the players that we look at. We expect them to be honest and open with us about different things, and you start to develop a relationship together. We had some great visits with Randy before we decided to draft him.”

Gregory figures he’s proved his toughness since joining the team.

“I know I have,” he said. “It’s kind of like with the pads, that’s something that’s going to make it a little bit better. Definitely in the games, I’m going to show him what I can do. I definitely think he wouldn’t have put me on the team if he didn’t think I had any grit.”

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