The 6-foot, 212-pound Gray was a fifth-round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech, who made an impact from the start of training camp and was already on the field as a sixth defensive back in passing situations.
"I'm back on the field at last and my wrist is feeling great," Gray said. "No player wants to miss most of his first season. I kept going to meetings, but not being out there with the guys was not the way I had planned things to be. The worst times were when I'd be at Halas Hall just watching as the team bus left without me on the way to a game."
Gray isn't considered a great coverage safety, but he can be almost like another linebacker in his ability to make big hits and provide run support.
"I don't want to make it sound like he's got no coverage skills," Jauron said, "but he's not a safety that covers a wide receiver. You wouldn't want that matchup. We get that (matchup) at times with everybody, but it's not something we'd make a living with."
Green is still considered the starter, but if his injury lingers, that could be all the opportunity Gray needs to step in. His status for the preseason opener is still uncertain.