The All-Pro teams came out and not a single Dallas Cowboys player was on the first-team.
With the play by the Cowboys offense, it’s not surprising that there wasn’t a single player on that first-team. It was unusual to see the Cowboys offensive line not get a player on that first-team. However, we did see Zack Martin get put on the All-Pro second-team.
On defense, it’s kind of surprising that DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t get more recognition than he had this past year. I know the edge rushers in 2017 had some great talent, but it’s crazy that Lawrence didn’t make that first-team in 2017.
Stats don’t lie!
Lawrence finished the year with 14.5 sacks and was a nightmare to block for opposing offensive linemen. That was good enough for third in the league, but had the most yards lost in sacks. He also had 58 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and headaches for opposing offensive coordinators the night before the game.
If it’s Sean Lee’s vote, he would give the Defensive Player of the Year to Lawrence (via Jon Machota).
“He was unbelievable. To us, he was the defensive MVP of this league. Not only because of the sacks and the pressure he got, but because of the effort he played with in the run game.”
One thing we do know is that Lawrence will be getting paid very well by someone this off-season. He hopes it’s with the Cowboys, but only time will tell if that happens. If nothing else, I would image he will be on this team with Dallas giving him the franchise tag to guarantee he is on the Cowboys in 2018.
Sean Lee on DeMarcus Lawrence's season: "He was unbelievable. To us, he was the defensive MVP of this league. Not only because of the sacks and the pressure he got, but because of the effort he played with in the run game."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 29, 2017
NFL sack yards leaders this season:
DeMarcus Lawrence: 160
Chandler Jones: 113
Calais Campbell: 96
Aaron Donald: 95
Cameron Jordan: 93.5
Melvin Ingram: 97.5
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 2, 2018
Demarcus Lawrence 2017 stats:
— ✭Cowboys News✭ (@DemBoyz_News) January 2, 2018
The combination of Lawrence and David Irving proved to be one of the best when they were on the field together. Irving had missed the first part of the season due to suspension, and the end of the season due to concussion symptoms. The sky is the limit for this duo if they can play a full season together.
The top priority this off-season must be getting Lawrence signed long-term!