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Maliek Collins on the Verge of a Breakout Season

has never lacked any ability on the field just the ability to stay on it. Foot and knee have always seemed to get in the way when he's been on the brink of reaching his potential.

2019 is a contract year for Collins which means it's the most critical season of his young career. He hasn't wasted any time, though, showing what he's capable of when he doesn't have any physical limitations.


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In the first above, Collins gets a great burst off the line of scrimmage while he simultaneously gets his hands on first. He controls and pushes him right into 's face, forcing a throw out of bounds. On the next video, he again explodes off the ball and uses a great swim move to beat Williams again in 2 on 2 drills.

His dominance hasn't been limited to practice, however, as evident in his performance this past Saturday in albeit a short amount of action.

These next two plays stand out for me specifically. In the first, he uses a very physical spin move that knocks the left off balance and puts him right in the 's face. In a league that focuses on quarterbacks getting the ball out quickly, the sooner you can provide pressure from the interior the harder it is for a quarterback to stay in the pocket and throw effectively. In the next play, he utilizes a swim move after a quick jump off the line and is right in the face of the runner as he and combine for a TFL ( for loss).

Collins performing at a high level in 2019 doesn't just benefit him but also rookie . While he's still acquiring the tools needed for the pro level under the guidance of he can watch and learn from Collins as he'll be right behind him as the team's backup 3-technique defensive tackle. Hill is probably still a year away from being a big contributor with Collins looking so refreshed and healthy so this is a great time to gain all the knowledge he can from a veteran. If that learning process comes along quickly, the Cowboys will have a very solid one-two punch alongside , the starter at the 1-technique.

Health, at least so far, seems to be on the side of Maliek Collins heading into the , which is all he's ever lacked. Motivated by the opportunity to maximize his dollars for 2020, and a rookie being drafted at the same position, I look for Collins to not only have a breakout year but one that could garner a nod, or at least be heavy in the conversation, which would mean great things for the Cowboys defensive front.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenixhttps://mlenixsctx.wordpress.com/
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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