Cowboys rookie defensive end Randy Gregory played a season-high 49 snaps in the team's blowout loss to the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday, and he expects a similar workload through the final three games of the season.
Apparently, Gregory has been campaigning for this increased workload.
"That was one of the main things I was trying to tell the coaches that they really need to get me out there early in the game, get me kind of in a rhythm, get my feet wet and then hopefully towards the end of the game I'll be nice and warm," Gregory said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I talked to [defensive coordinator Rod] Marinelli before the game and he said he felt confident in me against the run, just do what I got to do against the pass. We've been working on it. I was real pleased with the amount of snaps I got.
"I believe I did some good things. I had a couple of mental errors. I took some false steps but other than that I think I did a decent job."
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Gregory suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1 and upon returning, has been slowly worked into the defensive line rotation by the coaching staff, playing an average of 15 snaps over the seven weeks before last. But if the Green Bay game is any indicator, the training wheels are now off.