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Travis Frederick And Zack Martin Disrespected By Pro Football Focus?

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Travis Frederick And Zack Martin Disrespected By Pro Football Focus?

Travis Frederick and Zack Martin are two of the best offensive lineman in the entire NFL and arguably the best at their given positions. Frederick and Martin have a combined seven years of experience in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and have been voted into the Pro Bowl a total of six times between the two of them. Those accolades alone set them apart from other offensive lineman, but not everyone agrees they are the best at their positions.

Pro Football Focus recently handed out grades to all of the offensive guards and centers in the NFL, but Travis Frederick and Zack Martin didn't beat out all of the other competitors. In all honesty, it seems somewhat disrespectful and that's not just because I'm a Cowboys' fan.

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The top graded centers in the NFL in 2016.

Travis Frederick finished second in PFF's grading system behind Denver Broncos Center, Matt Paradis. Now, I don't know anything about the grading system PFF uses, but I don't believe Paradis is even in the same discussion as Frederick as to who is the better center.

Travis Frederick is a three-time Pro-Bowler, whereas Matt Paradis' only claim to fame is he won a Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos in 2015. A Super Bowl ring doesn't make you a better player, and I doubt any team in the NFL would choose Paradis over Frederick given the choice.

Travis Frederick's importance to the Dallas Cowboys is undeniable. I personally believe he is arguably the most important offensive lineman in Dallas, so for PFF to have him graded as the second-best center in 2016 is shocking to me. But, not as shocking as where they have Zack Martin graded.

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Playing both left and right guard in 2016, nobody did it better than Marshal Yanda.

I personally believe Zack Martin is the best offensive guard in the entire NFL and that's not just because I'm a Cowboys' fan. Martin has been voted into the Pro Bowl in each of his first three years in the NFL, so for PFF to have him as the third-best graded OG in 2016 is a little bit disrespectful.

Both Travis Frederick and Zack Martin helped pave the way for Ezekiel Elliott and allowed him to become the leading rusher in 2016 as a rookie. Frederick and Martin also helped Dak Prescott in the passing game by keeping the pocket from collapsing, which allowed him to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Nothing against Marshall Yanda or Ramon Foster, but they don't really have the same accolades or accomplishments that Zack Martin has. That is why I believe Martin should've been the top graded offensive guard by PFF, but again I don't know how their grading system works.

I don't know about the rest of the Dallas Cowboys' fans, but I think Travis Frederick and Zack Martin should both feel a little bit disrespected by the grades they received from Pro Football Focus. They both had better seasons than the players PFF graded higher.

Do you think Frederick and Martin were disrespected by PFF's 2016 grades?



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4 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    I think I don’t care what PFF thinks. They are just a group of guys with opinions and just like _________s. Everybody has one. Just like the top 100 players NFL Network has been counting down. It means nothing .

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I agree with you. It would be nice if they shared exactly how they grade these players, but I guess that’s just wishful thinking.

  • Kevin Black

    To be honest, when watching the Broncos playing, I’m surprised any of their lineman scored that high. Their QB was running for his life quite a bit.

    • Brian Martin

      Kevin, I thought the same thing.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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