This year the Dallas Cowboys got left off a list they are used to.
During the rookie season of Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys had plenty of reasons to look at the future wide eyed and excited. The past season might put that excitement at a short distance. Dallas still is ready to contend for the NFC East next year, and with a couple moves, be back as one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The NFL recognized the Cowboys struggles and awarded zero First-Team All-Pro spots to the Cowboys. That is something that is not common with the Cowboys as they have peppered this list in years past, including five from last year.
In 2016, Dallas saw Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith from their offense make the First-Team. On defense, the Cowboys saw Sean Lee make the All-Pro First-Team, too.
Dallas did see Martin return to the All-Pro team, but this time it was on the Second-Team. In his first four seasons in the league, Martin has made it a regular to be on either the first or second team. He has made one or the other in each of his four teams.
Joining Martin on the All-Pro Second-Team, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence!
Lawrence is a player that many of us thought would be a lock to be on the First Team. That isn’t the case as he lost out to Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell and New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan. Both players are well deserved of the spot and just shows how stacked the edge rushers are in 2017.
First-team All-Pro was announced and no Cowboys made the list. Thought DeMarcus Lawrence and Zack Martin would make it
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 5, 2018
Lawrence will be a free agent this off-season and Dallas must find a way to bring him back to Dallas in 2018. Whether he signs a long-term deal, or Dallas puts the franchise tag on him, Lawrence most likely will be back in 2018.
According to Pro Football Talk, here is the 2017 AP All-Pro Second-Team.
QB: Carson Wentz
RB: Le’Veon Bell
WR: Julio Jones and Adam Theilen
TE: Travis Kelce
Flex: Alvin Kamara
OL: David Bakhtiari, Mitchell Schwartz, Daryl Williams, Rodger Saffold, Zack Martin, and Alex Mack
DE: Everson Griffen and DeMarcus Lawrence
DT: Fletcher Cox and Calais Campbell
LB: Von Miller, C.J. Mosley, and Telvin Smith
CB: Casey Hayward and A.J. Bouye
S: Earl Thomas and Micah Hyde
DB: Xavier Rhodes
P: Brett Kern
K: Justin Tucker
KR: Tyler Lockett
PR: Pharoh Cooper
ST: Matthew Slater
Do you agree with the list? Should Martin and/or Lawrence have been on the First-Team?