Don’t look now, but Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory seems to be getting his footing on the Dallas defense.
Gregory has been limited since returning from a high ankle sprain, suffered in the season opener against the Giants, on Nov. 1.
While mostly playing on third downs, the team’s steal of a second round pick has six tackles in that span. The good news is that his last game was his best game--three of those came against the Panthers, and he also had a quarterback hit on Cam Newton on Thanksgiving.
"We just want to get him more snaps," said head coach Jason Garrett, per Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas. "He's dealt with some injuries and we're just trying to get him healthier, and as he's gotten more healthy we want to get him out there in more situations. He played better against Carolina. He was more active and around the ball a little more and we want to get him some more snaps going forward."
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, for one, believes Gregory will only get better as his workload expands.
“When you’re out there, do your job,” Marinelli said. “Just go do your job a little bit better, be on the screws a little more and on the details a little and the improvement starts. When you develop a skill, it's all mental toughness. Our system is tough because it’s about skill, and you’ll never have it. You’ll never get it all right, but if you go do it every week, the confidence kind of comes.”