Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton is one of the keys to the success of a revamped defensive line, as he could very well end up being an even more disruptive interior pass rusher than Jason Hatcher, who earned big bucks from the Washington Redskins this offseason after back-to-back great seasons. Melton established himself as one of the best pass rushing DTs with 13 sacks in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but a torn ACL early in 2013 prevented him from cashing in during free agency. In fact, he was still injured when he signed with the Cowboys, but they weren’t overly concerned with his slow recovery. In fact, it allowed them to snag Melton at a bargain price.
Although Melton was behind schedule, he always expected to make it in time for training camp. Per sources close to the Dallas Morning News’s David Moore, Melton will be cleared by the Cowboys for the start of training camp, which means that his injury issues should be well behind him. It’s great news for the Cowboy defense, as they couldn’t afford more negative news on the injury front after another brutal injury to Sean Lee.
Melton, Nick Hayden, Demarcus Lawrence, and George Selvie should form a decent enough defensive line, with the play of key newcomers Lawrence and Melton being key. They also have Jeremy Mincey as a third DE, and he’s a good situational pass rusher with experience, past production, and a nose for the quarterback.
Moore reports that Melton will need to pass a physical before being cleared, but team officials told him that they don’t anticipate any setbacks transpiring. While he didn’t take part in any team drills during offseason workouts, the healing process was steady- even if it was on the slow side- as Moore adds that Melton never suffered a setback or missed a rehab session.