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Melton to start, ready for more snaps

IRVING, Texas -- Henry Melton's second game with the Dallas Cowboys will be his first with the starting defense.

After missing the preseason as he worked his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last season while with the Chicago Bears and a groin injury suffered in training camp, Melton played in 26 of 58 defensive snaps in the Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Rookie Davon Coleman started at defensive tackle, but Melton will man the spot Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

“I’m still going to go off what they tell me to do,” Melton said, “but I think I think I should be given significantly more plays this week.”

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was with Melton in Chicago and saw him make the Pro Bowl. He believes Melton operates best at 38-40 snaps a game.

“A guy like him you don’t want to wear him down because of his quickness,” Marinelli said. “I’m hoping around that and keep kind of having the chance to rotate all these guys last week and continue to do that.”

In the three games Melton played last year he felt he played too much, which made him less effective. He did not have a sack before hurting his knee.

“You can’t really max out like you want every play and still be ready to go in the fourth quarter,” Melton said. “I have played with Rod for a few years. He knows when I am at my best and how many plays.”