The Dallas Cowboys have dealt with injuries all over their football team this season, and a number of those have happened along the offensive line. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins were lost for the season long ago. Cam Erving and Brandon Knight have both had their own issues at times. Things reached a critical mass of sorts that merited something we have never seen from the Cowboys... moving Zack Martin.
Jerry Jones said on Friday that in his mind Ezekiel Elliott is the best player on the team. If you polled every Cowboys fan on earth you would likely find a lot of people who disagreed with him and view the aforementioned Martin as the team’s top talent.
Just how good is Martin? Despite that day in Seattle being quite a ways in the rearview mirror and head coach Mike McCarthy speaking somewhat dismissively of the idea in the past, the Cowboys are reportedly going to start Zack Martin at right tackle against the Minnesota Vikings.
Just said on @NFLGameDay: The #Cowboys plan to start All-Pro guard Zack Martin at right tackle against the #Vikings, sources say. Rookie Terence Steele goes to the bench. A big shakeup as they return from the bye with Andy Dalton back at QB.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 22, 2020
Dallas activated Brandon Knight on Saturday so they seem to have a few options on the outside of the offensive line, but it appears that they have seen enough of Terence Steele. To be frank, this move has taken too long to make.
In place of Martin at right guard will be Connor McGovern.
Connor McGovern, the Cowboys' 2019 third-round pick, is expected to make his second career start at RG -- and his first with Zack Martin in lineup beside him.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 22, 2020
Expected O-line today in Minnesota: LT Cam Erving, LG Connor Williams, C Joe Looney, RG McGovern and RT Martin. https://t.co/ENPhn0fC9B