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Star Evaluation: Steady 2018 For Maliek Collins - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Mothership takes a look at players under contract for next season and project what the future holds for them. In this piece, Maliek Collins takes the spotlight.
What’s Been Good: For the third straight season, Collins was a primary starter in the defensive tackle rotation. He started nine of 13 games and played just under half of the defense’s total season snaps. Working primarily alongside nose tackle Antwaun Woods, Collins ranked fourth on defense in pressures (20) and fifth in sacks (3). Overall the Cowboys fielded one of the league’s best run defenses and tied for the fourth-lowest yards allowed per carry (3.8).
What’s Been Bad: Collins has shown toughness dealing with injuries since Dallas drafted him in the third round back in 2016. For the second time in three years, he missed part of training camp following foot surgery. Then he missed three games in late September/early October with a sprained knee and popped up on the injury report at points throughout the season.