Maliek Collins notched five sacks in his rookie year in 2016, but the good times didn't last. In 2017 he earned one less tackle, less sacks and less forced fumbles. But is it time to panic?
Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered questions about the team during a live chat Wednesday, per the Dallas Morning News. Here are some highlights:
Question: Maliek Collins was expected to have a breakout year and he didn't...what can we expect this season? Was '17 a sophomore slump?
Kristi Scales: Maliek Collins did not have as big an impact in 2017 as he did in his rookie campaign in 2016, but I would not call it a sophomore slump. This is not an excuse, but the truth is that he played this past season with a stress fracture in his foot. He wore a steel plate insert in his shoe during games. It's not the same foot he broke his rookie year. Collins gutted it out all year in spite of the foot injury. Collins finished 2017 with 2 1/2 sacks, 25 pressures, three tackles for loss, 18 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He also moved along the line from 3-technique to nose tackle. Lots of moving parts along the line during the season with Stephen Paea's season-ending injury and David Irving returning after four-game suspension to play DT.