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Maliek Collins Activated From PUP, Cowboys’ Front 7 Looking Great

There are tons of reasons to be excited about the ' with the regular season less than a month away. The most recent one is Defensive is coming off the PUP list after passing his physical and is now activated and practicing.

After suffering another foot in May, Collins had to undergo surgery and his return to the roster before the season began was questionable. But things are looking good now as the Cowboys expect him to be ready for week 1 versus the .

Collins missed quite some time, so one has to wonder how fast he will be reincorporated to the defense and whether or not he'll get back his starting role or not. The room seems to be loaded with various talent that should be capable of at least giving #96 a tough competition before he can reclaim his spot as if he hadn't been missing any practices.

may not be a factor on the roster until he comes back from prior to week 5's match-up against the , but there are other young players Collins should be expecting to fight for the starting role.

, , and will provide this team with an interesting debate going forward. But even if not one DT emerges as a clear-cut starter above the rest, the Cowboys have serious depth at the position.

To be honest, the entire front seven is very exciting. Not only do the Cowboys count with good DTs, but just take a look at the room. Led by 2017 second-team All-Pro , there is also a deep group of DEs.

is coming back after a long comeback journey and should earn a lot more snaps as the season progressing. has made a ton of progress and fourth-round rookie isn't far behind. Not to mention captain , who despite being criticized by many due to his huge contract, is a more than decent DE.

Now, let's talk about the linebackers for a moment here. Before the , this was seen as one of the weakest units on the team. Fast forward to mid-August and this should be one of the most exciting groups on the team.

will be playing alongside a Jaylon Smith that we've never seen before. Smith is doing things that he wouldn't been able to do a season ago. What he's shown in and through one game should have any Cowboys' fan eager to watch him play in a regular season game. The the envisioned when taking a risk on him in the has arrived.

Also in the mix is pick Leighton Vander Esch. We haven't been able to watch a lot of playing time from him but we'll sure do pretty soon. He's a week 1 contributor who will play behind what could be one of the best LB duos in the entire NFL.

And just like in the defensive line, the depth seems to be great. Joe Thomas and have shown what they're capable of and they could be more than special team bodies when needed.

The Dallas Cowboys shouldn't be very concerned about their front seven going forward. It's loaded with talent and even if they rotate their players a lot, this seems like a group that will give any a big headache.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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