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RG Zack Martin PFF’s Top Run Blocking Guard In 2016

Sean Martin



Zack Martin

After already being graded outright by Pro Football Focus as the NFL's best right guard, a sentiment that Cowboys Nation has had no trouble believing with our own eyes since 2014, Zack Martin was given PFF's top run blocking score among all guards.

Martin once again help pave the path for a Dallas Cowboys' running back to lead the league in rushing, as he did in his rookie year of 2014 - when the Cowboys' offensive line, now widely accepted as the best in the league, really emerged. That year it was of course DeMarco Murray - who departed for the Eagles - and in 2017 it was the dynamic first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott making Martin's efforts as a dominant RG look even stronger.

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The top run blocking guards last year

There simply is not enough praise to send Zack Martin's way to fully appreciate how great he's been from his first day in the NFL, but the Cowboys are about to reward his efforts with an enormous new contract that is reportedly expected to come his way early into training camp.

Raiders' guard Gabe Jackson just received a five-year extension for $56 million, and as you see above he is not even Oakland's best guard (at least in the rushing game).

Kevin Brady on Twitter

Zack Martin, OL1

Martin is going to break the bank, but the Cowboys running game is undoubtedly their identity for a long time, and they'll pay anything to protect that identity up front.

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  • Ethan Chazin

    Prediction: l’ael Collins becomes all pro at RT, and cooper shines as left guard

    • Sean Martin

      Could see this prediction for Cooper coming true a lot more than Collins. Thanks for reading!

  • TreFKennedy88

    I swear when ever I hear various sources say we’re the best “Run blocking ” o line or we have the best o line man at “run blocking” I always feel like it’s a code word for Dallas sucks at pass blocking

    • John Williams

      Why? They are evaluating them on the different aspects of what it takes to be an offensive lineman.

      Saying one thing doesn’t automatically create an inverse relation to another thing.

      Because if I say that Whataburger is great, that doesn’t mean that Five Guys sucks.

      Like if I talk about how good Dez Bryant is at going up to get a football, that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good route runner.

      Don’t be so sensitive.

      • TreFKennedy88

        You never hear how great we are at pass blocking though, doesn’t really matter as long as we get to the NFC title game

        • John Williams

          Because the run game is their bread and butter. everything works off of that. And, while it’s nice to hear good things about your team, we know they are good at blocking people. Doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.

          • TreFKennedy88

            You aren’t wrong

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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