Zack Martin, DeMarcus Lawrence Named Midseason All-Pros by Pro Football Focus

    The has been a trainwreck for the . From season-ending to inconsistency, it has been a year full of head-scratching moments, to say the least.

    There have been some bright spots for throughout this tumultuous season. Rookies , , and have performed well after being thrown to the NFL fire so to speak. However, two of the team's most respected veterans have also shown why they're amongst the league's elite at their positions.

    and were recognized as midseason All-Pros by Pro Football Focus earlier this week.

    Death, taxes, and Martin dominating interior defensive linemen have become three certainties in life since the former Notre Dame standout was drafted in 2014. He's been selected to six Pro Bowls as well as receiving six All-Pro nods (four on the first-team). Despite the constant shuffling of quarterbacks after was lost for the season after a gruesome ankle , Martin's play has continued to put him in the conversation as the best in the entire NFL.

    Martin displayed just how versatile he could be in Week 3 vs the . He slid outside to play right after undrafted rookie left the game due to injury. The perennial All-Pro didn't just hold his own but looked like he could have the same dominance at tackle as he's had at guard for seven seasons now.

    Although the Cowboys have no plans of putting at tackle long-term it's a great luxury to know that if he's needed to slide outside for any reason that he can hold down the fort.

    Lawrence has been a major topic of discussion since he signed his five-year, $105 million dollar deal with $65 million guaranteed in April of 2019. His season was underwhelming if you focus on the fact that he only recorded five . However, according to Pro , his 9.8% run stop percentage (tackles that constitute a loss) was tied for eighth in the NFL (third amongst rushers who played 50% of the team's snaps). Also per PFF, his 83.3 run grade was tied for sixth for all edge rushers in 2019.

    The two-time Pro Bowler got off to a slow start in 2020 but has turned it around significantly lately. After not recording a sack in the first four games Lawrence has three in the last five. Also, he's racked up 23 tackles, 10 pressures, six hurries, four hits, and two forced fumbles over that span.

    Just like his performance in 2019, you have to look beyond sacks to under Lawrence's impact on the Cowboys defense. He's been dominant again vs the run this season. According to PFF, his 18 run stops are the most among edge rushers and the second-most for all defensive linemen this season.

    Martin and Lawrence have been cornerstone pieces for the Cowboys since they were both drafted in 2014, and all signs point to that being the case for the foreseeable future with their continuous high-level of performance.


    Matthew Lenix
    Matthew Lenix
    I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.


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    Gary b

    While I agree that DLaw has not been as bad as his detractors say, he has not played up to his contract. Whether that is due to the nagging injuries he has endured or just a dip in production, we need and needed him to be better. He’s still an above avg DE but for that pay we need him to be more. The ALL PRO consideration is due in part to his reputation as those awards often times are.