In allowing 2014 Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray to leave the franchise, whilst also brining in Greg Hardy despite his notable off-field baggage, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly taken a few risks this offseason.
They continued that trend over the weekend with the decision to use their second round draft pick on the controversial figure of Randy Gregory.
Controversial past explained
Despite being highly rated, many teams opted to pass on the Nebraska pass rusher due to his own off-field drug problems and worries about his character. In light of this, and appreciative of the gamble the Cowboys took to select him, Gregory has today attempted to explain his own controversial past.
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Randy Gregory failed a drugs test at the NFL scouting combine back in February - testing positive for Marijuana for the third time in his short football career after getting the same results twice at Nebraska - but the player insists it's not drugs that are the issue:
"I think a lot of people are getting tied up in the weed and think it's just a weed problem," the young star explained to ESPN radio. "I don't think it's a weed problem. I think it's decision making. I think I'm immature."
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"I'm definitely working on that. I want to prove everyone wrong and I want to do it with this team. I think this is the best team I can do that with," Gregory continued.
Turning over a new leaf
When his positive marijuana test came to light in the weeks following the combine Gregory insisted he hadn't actually smoked the substance since December 2014 - going into detail on how he used the drug when dealing with anxiety over academic and injury issues.
And the 22-year-old went on record this week to claim he has steered clear of weed ever since.
"I haven't touched it...I'm feeling real good, too. This (getting drafted by Dallas) is a high in itself, to be honest.
"I'm high on life right now, and I don't want to lose this high."
These comments mark a significant change from the man who said earlier this year that, in the past, trying to stay of weed was a real struggle and the Cowboys franchise will be hoping that Gregory follows up talk of new found maturity with action on and off the gridiron.
There is no doubt that the former Nebraska man has the talent to become a huge part of the Dallas organization but his top-10 skill set has to be matched by a professional mindset if the big gamble is to pay off.
Considering Randy Gregory's comments, and earlier decision this week to get the famous Cowboys star tattooed on his arm, it certainly looks like the young player is going all in on convincing his doubters wrong.
Cowboys fans: Do you think Randy Gregory will be a success or failure in Dallas? Let us know in the comments section below...
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