Dallas Cowboys

Rookie Randy Gregory expects more snaps this week as he works his way back into football shape

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) played eight snaps against the Giants but should get more this week.
Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) played eight snaps against the Giants but should get more this week. Star-Telegram

Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory returned to game action without much fanfare. He played only eight snaps and made two quarterback pressures.

“Just kind of getting back into it to be honest,” Gregory said Wednesday. “I think heading into the week, I think we kind of knew I was going to get only about 10 snaps, 10-15 snaps. The way it worked out, I think I had eight total.”

The Cowboys defense was on the field for only 51 snaps, including just 19 in the second half. That limited Gregory’s chances to get on the field in pass-rushing situations.

“He played and played well,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We want to get him out there more. The defense didn’t have that many plays, and in the situations that he was going to play in, we didn’t have that many situations come up. But he did a good job in the game.”

Gregory sprained his right ankle only 19 plays into the season opener against the Giants, which kept him out four games.

The second-round pick continues to work his way back into football shape, having missed so much time.

“I’m trying to get there,” he said. “I think they’re trying different ways to get me on the field as far as like moving me around and things like that. But I think they want to take it as slow as possible, getting me out there in the right situations and things like that.”

The Cowboys, who had 28 sacks last season, have 13 sacks in six games. The quarterback they play this week, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, has taken a league-high 31 sacks.

“It’ll be the same routine that we always go through throughout the week, but it’s the same goal – to get after the quarterback and rush as hard as we can,” Gregory said. “He’s a little bit more mobile than what we’re used to, so we’ll have to switch up the rushes. I know I have to do a little bit more levels rush instead of just trying to run past the quarterback so much. Yeah, just switch things up a little bit. We’ll have a good game plan. I think we had a good practice today.”