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    Zack Martin Ranked 2nd Best Interior Offensive Lineman by ESPN

    There aren't many certainties in life. However, when it comes to performing at a high level for an offensive lineman, Zack Martin has been the standard since he entered the NFL in 2014. His combination of size, power, and mauler-like mentality has helped the have one of the better offensive lines in the league for several years.

    2020 saw Martin miss more time than he ever as a calf strain and a concussion kept him on the sidelines for six games (only missed two games in his first six seasons). Even with this setback, Martin proved that he's as complete as any offensive lineman in the league. So much so, that when ESPN recently released its top 10 interior offensive lineman rankings it was no surprise that Martin was right at the very top, coming in at No. 2 behind Quenton Nelson of the .

    ESPN Staff Writer Jeremy Fowler on Martin's ranking:

    “Arguably the most complete of the past decade put together a complete body of work in 2020. In 10 games, Martin posted a stellar 91.3 Pro grade, and he ranked in the top four among guards in run-block win rate (76.7%) and pass-block win rate (95.9%).”

    There's been quite the debate between Martin and Nelson for supremacy when it comes to interior lineman/guards for the last few seasons. They have finished in the top two spots on several lists over that span with Nelson slightly edging out Martin, including earlier this year when Pro Football Focus ranked its top 32 guards entering the . Nonetheless, despite the dominance of Nelson over the last few years, Martin is still neck and neck with him in terms of who is the best at their position by evaluators.

    Don't just take their word for it though. Players who line up in the trenches against Martin no better than anyone about how dominant he is every season, and one veteran defensive player had some glowing praise when asked about how the former first-round pick gets busy on the football field.

    “He's got it all,” he said. “There's really no weakness. The only thing that can stop him is injuries, and even then, he basically looks the same.”

    The Cowboy's was ravaged by injuries last season. and missed 30 games combined, but it was the to the latter that allowed Martin to display just how great he is. He slid over to the spot in the absence of Collins and looked every bit of the All-Pro he is every season at the guard spot.

    Martin's dominance shouldn't be taken for granted. In 2019, Martin became only the sixth player in to have at least four first-team All-Pro selections and six Pro Bowls in his first six seasons. The other players on that list are Lawrence Taylor, Barry Sanders, , Patrick Willis, and . Also, he became only the third offensive lineman to receive four first-team All-Pro selections in his first six seasons, joining Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and .

    From of the through the entire , Martin didn't allow a sack over that span and only surrendered one in 2020. Also, he wasn't flagged for a last season and he's only been flagged five times over the last five seasons. With only 17 in his seven-year career, it's clear that Martin has the discipline to go along with his dominance.

    Big, nasty, physical, and technically sound. That's Martin in a nutshell, and at only 30 years of age, he has plenty of years left to continue his elite-level play and pave his road to Canton and the Pro Football .

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    Matthew Lenix
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    Scott Greenman

    Best example why Dallas hasn’t sniffed a SBowl for 26 years. Just like bad ownership at other franchises Football Jerry cares more about making money.
    Dallas fans help perpetuate this crap. Quit putting money in his pocket. Don’t go to games and quit buying cowboy anything. Do you go back to bad restaurants time after time? Take your car back to lousy mechanics year after year? Tell the Jones family you’re tired of the crap they continue to roll out out. Affect his money and things will change.