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Should Cowboys Play Zack Martin at RT with La’el Collins Suspended?

The was not at full strength for their season opener at the Buccaneers, and won't be for the weeks to come after losing Michael Gallup to injury and La'el Collins suspended for five games. Collins' prolongs the Cowboys from playing him at the same time as and even longer.

Without Martin on Thursday night, the Cowboys still threw the ball 58 times in 's return. started at right , but a Tampa Bay that won the by getting after at will couldn't do the same to Dallas.

Martin is expected back from the COVID list against the Chargers next Sunday, but McGovern may still be needed. Should the Cowboys feel good about his performance against a talented Bucs defensive interior, their “best five” up front could see Martin kick out to right in place of Collins.

Doing so against the Vikings a year ago, the Cowboys snapped a four game losing streak and scored 31 points after totaling just 41 in the previous four games. This was with at , not the franchise QB the Cowboys must protect at all costs as they have now in Dak Prescott.

Should Cowboys Play Zack Martin at RT with La'el Collins Suspended? 1

The Cowboys current plan to do so involves and – with 31 career starts between the two, 14 of which came from Steele last season. There isn't much the Cowboys want to remember from that season, though building a better contingency plan to account for either Collins or Smith missing time should be one of them.

If their current plan doesn't involve moving an All-Pro guard that held up well at tackle to protect Prescott from on Sunday, the team is showing a level of faith in their OL depth that simply hasn't been earned.

 star Isaac Alarcon is on the Cowboys , and is the only other player on the roster with at tackle aside from playing LT in college.

told the media last year that moving Martin to tackle was “ nonsense”, before the Cowboys did so anyway. Now, the HC with extra time to prepare for Los Angeles says the Cowboys have their eyes “wide open”.

Just how wide and far the Cowboys have to look to realize that keeping both McGovern and Martin on the field is likely their best shot at protecting Prescott and gaining traction in the run game remains to be seen. McCarthy also said Thursday's opener was a “fun game to play in”, which is a fair assessment when opening on the road against and a Tampa Bay team with all of it's starters back.

Now sitting at 0-1 preparing for the Chargers while already dealing with and , the Cowboys time for fun is fading and the need for OL help that Zack Martin can provide is obvious.

The Chargers open their season at the reigning champion Washington Football Team today.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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