Henry Melton, the prized signing of the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason, is beginning to get back into the swing of things.
Melton missed all but three games last year with a torn ACL and all of the preseason with a groin issue. He played 25 snaps in the opener, but his first start as a Cowboy came in Sunday’s victory over the Titans in Tennessee, and he announced his presence on a couple of plays.
First, he had a hand in taking down Tennessee’s Jake Locker, splitting credit for the sack with Kyle Wilber. Then he had a hand, literally, in the biggest defensive play of the day, as he tipped a fourth quarter pass from Locker into the air, allowing Rolando McClain to intercept it. This effectively put the kibosh on a Titans comeback bid.
“I'm still trying to get my rhythm out there,” Melton said, per ESPN Dalas. “I'm improving and my wind is getting better.”
In all, Locker was sacked only twice. But he was hurried and hit by Dallas defenders early and often.
“Even when I wasn't in the game, I felt like we were getting a lot of push, making [Locker] uncomfortable,” Melton said. “We've still got a ways to go as a rush front, but I thought we did some great things.”
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