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DeMarcus Lawrence Credits DT Maliek Collins For Early Season Dominance

The NFC Defensive Player of the Week, DE is quickly proving that – when healthy – he can be the war daddy the need rushing the passer. With 6.5 through three games, Lawrence is reminding the NFL world how disruptive he can be at the LDE position, doing so primarily lined up next to another budding star on Dallas' defensive front in 3T DT .

Coming into this season, Collins was one of the only certainties for the Cowboys' . Even entering just his second season, Collins has lived up to the expectations he set himself following a rookie campaign that saw the pick dominate at the most critical position in 's scheme.

Now, the Cowboys can be legitimately excited about the future they have in both Lawrence at – a after this season – and Collins at defensive .

Against the Cardinals, Lawrence constantly pressured by taking advantage of his favorable match up off the strong side. Maliek Collins also added two sacks and was credited with five total tackles, charging up field or twisting on T/E stunts to free up the Cowboys' premier pass rusher in Tank Lawrence all night long.

The lone weak spot on the Cowboys' defensive line remains the RDE position. When DeMarcus Lawrence put up a career high eight sacks in 2015 (the only season he's played a full 16 games in), it was of course drawing blocking attention on the opposite during his lone season in Dallas.

The quality of play at the weak side DE position can only improve for the Cowboys as this season goes on, as looks to once again find his groove while , and work themselves into the rotation.

The versatility the rest of this group provides down the line, starting with the flourishing combination of Maliek Collins and DeMarcus Lawrence, is enough to get excited about for – as returns from next week to further strengthen the depth at DT and LDE.

Being stout up front is crucial for any that wants to contend for a , and the Cowboys expected this to be a team strength thanks to Maliek Collins, , and up the middle. DeMarcus Lawrence has been a pleasant surprise at one of the most important positions in all of football though, wrecking offenses however Marinelli sees fit as the he was at Boise State back in 2014 – as the Cowboys traded up in the to land their next dominant pass rusher, finally seeing these results early in 2017.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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