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Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts

The depth will be tested as they play for a chance to clinch the East on Sunday at the . Suffering a knee last week against the Eagles, Right will not be able to play. In missing his first career start, rookie rightfully returns to the starting lineup as Martin's replacement.

The 50th overall pick from this year's hosted Draft has started eight games this season at . Williams' last start happens to be in the last game Dallas lost, a week nine defeat to the . This opened the door for to become something of a sensation for as the starting left guard throughout the team's current five game win streak.

Zack Martin being unavailable is hardly how wants to prepare for the Cowboys first road game since week 11. Having both Su'a-Filo and Williams in the lineup will be valuable for the Cowboys moving forward though, as Williams could earn his job at left guard back from the right side.

While he won't nearly be expected to play at the level of Martin, Williams looked poised coming off the bench against the Eagles and helping the Cowboys score their final three touchdowns. Williams was on the field for all three of 's scores, as Dallas rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries with him in the game.

Williams flashed some of the traits that made him a top left prospect out of college, flowing to the second level with ease and creating movement with quick feet at the point of attack. The Cowboys have forced him to remain game ready despite losing his starting position by finding a few emergency snaps for him in recent weeks, as well as looks. The team has every reason to believe Williams is an ascending young player still.

The same cannot be said of Su'a-Filo, who simply has to focus on continuing to hold up at left guard again this week. With each passing win, Su'a-Filo's LG spot has become more of a liability in a Cowboys offense in need of a jump-start late in this .

Consistent offensive line play is one of the few things that's clearly hurting the Cowboys as contenders in the NFC behind a stellar and game breaking .

The Cowboys won't be at full strength against the eighth best rushing defense and 15th ranked passing defense in yards per game. With three separate chances to clinch the starting at the Colts and extending until the end of the regular season, the Cowboys stand to learn all they need to know about the offensive line that will start in the .

Martin, who's elevated his game to a new level this season despite this lingering knee injury, should be on track to return when the Cowboys come home to play the Buccaneers in .

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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Having undersized Connor Williams in at guard is going to be tough. Tyron Smith play has not been so good this year although better than some. Hopefully when Travis comes back Looney can move to left guard. He has done a great job filling in for Travis since he has been out.


You must be talking about next year. Fredbeard went return this year. By next year, I hope that Connor can’t take the LG spot or maybe look at him at tackle.


Five game win streak and not one sports writer has anything positive to say about Filo. I’ll say one thing, you guys have a short memory. I remember a player named Green or something like that….that single handly almost ended the career of Prescott and yet no one has a good thing to say about Filo.

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