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Maliek Collins’ breakout game comes from passion in practice

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins had two sacks against Cleveland.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins had two sacks against Cleveland. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Rookie defensive tackle Maliek Collins has a breakout game with two ferocious sacks in the 35-10 victory against the Cleveland Browns.

It was the highlight of a dominating defensive effort that included a team-high four sacks and season low for points allowed.

Coach Jason Garrett said Collins has made an impression on the coaches since he arrived as a third-round pick Nebraska and Sunday’s game was just the culmination of a lot of hard work and passion that he displays every day in practice.

“The approach that he has is really professional. He learns from the experience he has. He gets better. He plays with a great demeanor. He has a passion for the game,” Garrett said. “You can see that with his work on the practice field and how he plays. But he did show up against the Browns, a couple really good rushes. He finished the rushes as well.

“You see the commitment that he plays with in every thing that he does. Do the job the right way. Finish the plays. You have to love the game to do that and he does it. Sometimes it’s easier to do that on Sundays. But he does it on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday too and take it to Sunday.”

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