It was on Monday that Maliek Collins passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list. Collins has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp after breaking his foot back in May. Collins was slated to be the team starting 1-technique to start camp, but those plans were derailed after suffering a broken foot before minicamp could get started. Those plans may be back on track after Wednesday’s walkthrough, but at a different position. It was reported that Maliek Collins was back in and working with the first team in Wednesday’s walkthrough practice at 3-technique.
Cowboys DT Maliek Collins, fresh off the PUP, worked with the first team in walk through this morning. Camp star Antwaun Woods remained with the first team at nose tackle.— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 15, 2018
Jason Garrett noted that they will be taking it slow with Collins in mixing him into the regular practices, so don’t expect him out there right away participating in everything.
The Cowboys’ defensive tackles have received mixed reviews since the team arrived in Oxnard back in July, but the addition of Maliek Collins will certainly help. Collins isn’t expected to start practicing fully until the team returns back to Frisco, after their preseason game against the Bengals this weekend. But getting him back on the field and moving around is a great sign for the interior of the defensive line. The Cowboys have plenty of bodies at defensive tackle, but have yet to find one player that consistently stands out. Antwaun Woods has been the one guy that has impressed, and he’s getting first team reps at 1-technique. With Woods playing at the level he is, Collins is able to move back to his natural position at 3-technique while David Irving is absent. Collins is hoping to regain his rookie year form after a down year in 2017.