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    Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

    is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for to earn his spot among the “Hot Boyz”. The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine through two games.

    Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that can get the most out of.

    Returning from a knee himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

    This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

    A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

    Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

    The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

    Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return from to play all over their – his best position also being at three technique.

    Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of along with strong play from and rookie , the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

    The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing . Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks , something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as and also work with favorable match ups at .

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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