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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory making noise that’s music to the ears of Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory gets to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) for his third sack in three preseason games.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory gets to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) for his third sack in three preseason games. Star-Telegram

Randy Gregory doesn’t know what kind of music Jerry Jones listens to and won’t hazard a guess, but that didn’t stop the defensive end from giving the owner some Munitio headphones.

“Oh, man, who knows,” Gregory said when asked what music Jones might like. “Nothing I would listen to for sure. I planned on giving it to him after he had his [hip replacement] surgery, so I knew he’d be sitting around a little bit, and hopefully he can listen to it then. Just now caught up with him. It’s the thought that counts, you know.”

Jones proudly showed off his gift but seems more proud of the gift that keeps on giving. Off-field concerns dropped Gregory’s stock, and he fell into the Cowboys’ lap in the second round.

Mincey was shocked the Cowboys were able to get Gregory with the 60th pick in this year's draft.

“He failed [a drug test for marijuana at the Scouting Combine], but he’s young,” Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. “He’s a young college student, doing college stuff. We’ve all been to college. Things happen. Just a victim of circumstance. And he’s growing right now. He’s around a great group of guys, and he’s growing up right before our eyes, and see what he’s doing. When he got here, he didn’t have that type of motor, and now he’s running to the ball and that’s how sacks fall in his hand. He’s doing a good job.”

Gregory has three sacks in three preseason games, taking down Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater for a 1-yard loss on a third-down, red-zone play Saturday. Gregory got help from defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

“He’s into it,” Jones said. “His exuberance -- you’d call it youthful -- his passion, and it’s all out there in front of him. The lights are bright, but they’re not too bright for him. He’s going to be a big part of our success this year.”

Gregory had another sack taken away on a defensive holding penalty by Robert Steeples.

“They’re hard to come by,” Gregory said. “Everybody knows that. The main thing is I got there. Greg [Hardy] made a good play and got pressure, made him step up and coach [Rod] Marinelli teaches us, so we’re really smart rushers, and he fell back in the pocket, and I was lucky enough to get there.”

The Dallas Cowboys showed signs of life in their third preseason game despite falling to Minnesota 28-14 on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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