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BREAKING: Cowboys Zack Martin Playing Right Tackle vs Vikings

The have thrown a late curveball at the Vikings ahead of today’s contest. Just announced this morning, All-Pro Zack Martin will be switching to right when Dallas visits in Week 11.

This will send undrafted , whose been a weak point for the in multiple appearances this season, back to the bench. is expected to move up into Martin’s traditional spot at .

Martin has been the full-time starter at right guard since entering the NFL in 2014. The former 1st-round pick has exceeded even those expectations and been arguably the best guard in the league since he arrived.

While Zack’s potential to play had been a talking point in previous years we’d never seen it tried until 2020. During Dallas’ Week 4 loss to the , and performance issues from other players finally forced the Cowboys to shift Martin outside just before halftime.

In that second half Martin showed how some NFL players are just different and special; the true naturals who can make an impact in many ways. He looked like he’d been playing OT for years and helped the Cowboys remain competitive in a tough road game.

Honestly, it’s been a surprise to me and others that Dallas didn’t leave Zack at tackle from that point forward.

Starters La’el Collins and have been gone most of the year and neither is expected back this season. Even swing tackle Cam Erving was gone at that point; Dallas was down to , Terence Steele, and table scraps going into the Seattle game.

But the Cowboys saw something in Steele that made him a Week One starter with Collins injured and has kept getting him playing time up until now. Clearly, though, the team finally determined that he wasn’t their best option.

The East is still wide open and Andy Dalton needs protection to succeed. Maybe you give reps to a developmental guy like Steele when you’re truly out of it, but for now, the Cowboys are still in it to win it.

And it’s not like Connor McGovern won’t benefit from some playing time himself. Hopefully, this move makes it easier for the Cowboys to succeed today and in weeks to come as they still try to make something out of this .

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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