It’s no secret the Dallas Cowboys offense took a step back in 2017, partly due to some diminished offensive line play. The key reason for this drop in OL play was left tackle Tyron Smith’s health. As he was forced to miss more and more time, Chaz Green and Byron Bell were thrown into the fire for some important snaps down the stretch.
Neither replacement did much to impress.
The top offensive linemen on this team are still elite, however. Travis Frederick is still one of the best centers in football, Tyron Smith’s importance was on full display in 2017, and guard Zack Martin may be the most impressive of them all.
Zack Martin was named second team All-Pro this week, and one stat which ESPN’s Todd Archer uncovered supports this selection.
Despite missing only 35 snaps the entire season, Zack Martin did not commit one penalty.
Martin is a Pro Bowler once again this year, and though the offense sputtered down the stretch, he is certainly part of the solution and not the problem.
So, during a time when we are all feeling a bit confused about the direction of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s nice to know they have right guard Zack Martin to rely on going forward (I think the deal gets done).
To see the full penalty count for the 2017 Cowboys, visit ESPN.com.