The regular season is over which means awards and accolades are starting to trickle out. We learned that the Cowboys have five players headed to the Pro Bowl a few weeks ago, and now the results of All-Pro team selections are out.
The Dallas Cowboys have one first-team All-Pro, Zack Martin. They have three second-team All-Pro members in Ezekiel Elliott, Leighton Vander Esch, and Jaylon Smith. Well done.
The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members: Attached is second team. pic.twitter.com/ivblUZ9Dzc— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 4, 2019
This is Martin’s fifth All-Pro selection in as many seasons, similar to his appearances in the Pro Bowl, and his third first-team nod. It’s Elliott’s second time being named an All-Pro, his first as a second-team member. This is the first appearance for both Byron Jones and Leighton Vander Esch (obviously).
There’s a lot to take away from these selections, Firstly, the Cowboys have the best guard in football in Zack Martin, but everybody knew that. Similarly the world is quite aware of how good Ezekiel Elliott is, he did lead the league in rushing, but Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley edged him out for the first-team selection. Touchdowns matter.
Being named an All-Pro is the latest atta boy handed down to Leighton Vander Esch who has turned in quite the season during his rookie year. The Cowboys have a special talent on their hands and they know how to use him.
Perhaps the most impressive All-Pro member on the Cowboys is Byron Jones considering this is his first season playing cornerback. He has blossomed into one of the NFL’s best earning both this and a Pro Bowl nod. The Kris Richard effect has been incredible.
Congratulations to the All-Pro Dallas Cowboys. It’s been quite the season.