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Mailbag: Thoughts On Maliek Collins’ Season? Following Up On Hitchens?
How much progress has Maliek Collins made this season? Disappointed so far?
Bryan: I thought he had a chance to make a Pro Bowl this season. He hasn’t been terrible, but he hasn’t been a Pro Bowler, either. Moving him back to one-technique has helped him. He’s due for one of those great games soon.
David: I’m the guy who thought Collins would lead the team in sacks this season, so I guess you could call it a disappointing year. That said, he’s been dealing with a foot injury for what seems like the better part of the season. The numbers haven’t been there, but he’s managed to play through the injury and contribute to a pass rush that’s No. 13 in the league in sacks. I’m not going to dog him for that.
With Sean Lee's injury history and Jaylon Smith not 100 percent, I think it would be crazy to let Anthony Hitchens walk in free agency. This defense has to be able to stop the run. The front office needs to find a way to get a deal done. If you are not going to sign free agents, then you absolutely cannot afford to allow players of his caliber to walk. What are your thoughts?
Bryan: I totally agree with your thoughts about Hitchens, but I think they’re going to let him walk. They really like Jaylon Smith a lot and he’s going to get that first crack at it. I could see them drafting another linebacker.
David: I think the world of Anthony Hitchens, but these are the types of problems that the salary cap gives you. If a team with far more cap space decides to offer him a fantastic deal, I’m not sure there’s a ton this front office can do about it. I think the more likely scenario is that the Cowboys draft a linebacker early to help bolster their depth – and to potentially start if Jaylon isn’t ready for that role. Read