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Two Dallas Cowboys earn second-team All-Pro honors

Guard Zack Martin has been a high-performing mainstay of the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line.
Guard Zack Martin has been a high-performing mainstay of the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Right guard Zack Martin had arguably his best season in the NFL. He gave up just one sack and wasn’t penalized while starting all 16 games.

DeMarcus Lawrence had a breakout season with 14.5 sacks and 52 quarterback pressures, more than double his next closest teammate.

But the Dallas Cowboys had no players voted first-team All-Pro. The team finished 9-7 this season.

Instead, Martin and Lawrence were named to the second-team on Friday, The Associated Press announced. The All-Pro teams are selected by a national panel of 50 media members.

The All-Pro honors are generally viewed as more meaningful than Pro Bowl selections.

Martin was a first-team selection in 2014 and 2016, and a second-team selection in 2015.

This year’s first-team right guard honors went to Pittsburgh’s David DeCastro.

As far as edge rushers, the first-team honors went to Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell and New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan.

Lawrence and Minnesota’s Everson Griffen were on the second-team.

Martin and Lawrence were the only Cowboys to gain recognition. The Cowboys had at least four players earn All-Pro honors each of the previous three seasons. This is the team’s fewest since 2013 when left tackle Tyron Smith was the lone representative.

Center Travis Frederick has garnered All-Pro honors the past three seasons, but was passed this season by Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce (first-team) and Atlanta’s Alex Mack (second team).

Smith also isn’t on either of the teams for the first time in four years. He missed three games with injuries, and had a career-high five holding penalties.

The panel went with other left tackles in the LA Rams’ Andrew Whitworth (first team) and Green Bay’s David Bakhtiari (second team).

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

2017 AP All-Pro Team

The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England

Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Flex: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England

Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams

Right Tackle: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia

Left Guard: Andrew Norwell, Carolina

Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh

Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia

DEFENSE

Edge Rushers: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans

Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh

Linebackers: Chandler Jones, Arizona; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota

Safeties: Kevin Byard, Tennessee; Harrison Smith, Minnesota

Defensive Back: Darius Slay, Detroit

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams

Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams

Kick Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams

Punt Returner: Jamal Agnew, Detroit

Special Teamer: Budda Baker, Arizona

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia

Running Back: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

Flex: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans

Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City

Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta; Adam Thielen, Minnesota

Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay

Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, and Daryl Williams, Carolina

Left Guard: Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams

Right Guard: Zach Martin, Dallas

Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta

DEFENSE

Edge Rushers: Everson Griffen, Minnesota; Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas

Interior Linemen: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville

Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore; Telvin Smith, Jacksonville

Cornerbacks: Casey Hayward, Los Angles Chargers; A. J. Bouye, Jacksonville

Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Micah Hyde, Buffalo

Defensive Back: Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Punter: Brett Kern, Tennessee

Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle

Punt Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams

Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England

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