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