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Reel Talk: Zack Martin Appreciation Day

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Normally, offensive linemen do not get the credit they deserve. The average fan doesn't know their names, he doesn't know their assignments. The only time that fan even considers who each individual linemen is, is when they mess up.

Cowboys guard Zack Martin is not a normal case, however. For my money he is the best guard in the NFL. At worst, he's number two behind Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda.

From the moment he came out of Notre Dame and was selected "over" Johnny Manziel by the Dallas Cowboys he became a household name. While it seemed like a "conservative" pick at the time, selecting Zack Martin 16th overall yielded the Cowboys the best young offensive lineman in the entire league.

As good as Martin has been, I think as fans we tend to take him for granted. Now that the Cowboys are 3-1 and their rushing attack has reached new heights, I think it is only right to step back and appreciate just how good Zack Martin is.

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He was as good as ever at times during last week's game in San Francisco. Watch him here as he helps Doug Free on the combo block before getting up the 2nd level and sealing off the linebacker.

Martin's ability to get up to the next level gives Ezekiel Elliott a clear path through the linebackers, and is left one on one with a defensive back. That is exactly how the play is drawn up, and if Cole Beasley had sealed off the defensive back a little bit better, this would have gone for a touchdown.

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Once again we see Martin's ability to climb to the 2nd level and control a linebacker. His footwork really impressed me on this play. Taking a nice zone step, staying square while moving his eyes to the next level, Martin climbs easily before stoning the linebacker when meeting him.

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Martin's ability as a puller is second to none. Due to primarily being a zone running team, Martin does not pull too often, but when he does get the chance to do so he always makes it worthwhile.

You see him pull here, getting up through the hole with excellent footwork and working directly off the hip of the play side double team. The linebacker tries to close down the hole, but Martin is able to get on him and drive him into the ground, leaving a huge gap open for Elliott to run through.

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Martin is expected to reach the first play side defensive lineman on this play. Since the defensive tackle is line up in a 1-technique over the backside arm of the center, this is an extremely tough block to make.

Zack Martin takes a great lateral step, staying on track to cut off the 1-technique backside and allowing Elliott a cut back lane if needed. The 49ers defensive tackle helps Martin out by moving towards him on the snap of the ball, but it is still an impressive block nonetheless.

These "reel talks" tend to be somewhat negative at times, as I point out where the Cowboys went wrong the week before and where they must improve for the future. But this season has been fun so far, and I hope we can appreciate just how good some of these players, like Zack Martin, have been.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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