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Rookie Gregory eager for NFL debut

Rookie Randy Gregory has absorbed and displayed everything he has been taught by defensive coordinator Rod Mrinelli.
Rookie Randy Gregory has absorbed and displayed everything he has been taught by defensive coordinator Rod Mrinelli. Star-Telegram

Randy Gregory didn’t bite at the question. He wasn’t going to make a bold prediction such as having a double-digit sack rookie season.

For now, Gregory is keeping his personal goals to himself.

“I wouldn’t share that right now,” Gregory said. “I like to keep those to myself. You start throwing numbers out there … I’m really not that guy. Some might take it as being overly confident or cocky. I’m just a rookie.”

That’s probably a smart thing on Gregory’s part. Throwing a number out there could set an unrealistic benchmark for success or failure on the season.

But there’s no question that Gregory has a chance to become something special after recording a sack in each of his three preseason games.

Gregory admitted that getting those sacks served as a confidence boost, but wasn’t patting himself too hard on the back.

“It’s the preseason and not all of them were against first-team offense,” Gregory said. “A couple of them I kind of fell into, so I really wasn’t as happy with my play as I think other people were. It’s a stepping stone for sure, but I’m never satisfied. I have a lot more to improve out there.”

Gregory will get plenty of chances to improve and showcase his progress beginning Sunday night against the New York Giants in his NFL debut.

“I was actually joking with Dez [Bryant] last preseason game, I told him, ‘A lot of times it feels like I’m in Madden, just watching from the sidelines and being in the game,’” Gregory said. “Kind of felt the same way when I was moving up from junior college or high school into Division I. Just playing in front of 92,000 almost every week is a big deal for me.

“It’ll be pretty cool being there. Obviously I’ve played there, but having a full house will be something else to look at. I’m excited for it.”

Bryant missed the Cowboys' last five weeks of practice due to a hamstring injury. He's expected to play in Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants. (video by Jared L. Christopher)

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