Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin won’t be able to play in their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after testing positive for COVID-19. His absence has given Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott open cause for concern.
Per ESPN Cowboys insider Todd Archer, Elliott lamented not having Martin for the upcoming game. He said that Martin is the Cowboys’ best player on offense and credited him with most of the team’s successful running plays.
“Zack’s our best player on our offense,” Elliott said. “Most runs, they’re coming back behind him.”
Archer noted that Elliott has expressed confidence in backup guard Connor McGovern. But Martin’s absence will certainly be felt.
Martin is a six-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro selection in seven NFL seasons.
What kind of impact will the loss of Zack Martin have? "Zack’s our best player on our offense," Ezekiel Elliott said. "Most runs, they're coming back behind him." Elliott expressed confidence in Connor McGovern, who started eight games last year.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 5, 2021
Ezekiel Elliott might be onto something here as far as Zack Martin’s value to the Cowboys. His 2020 season was the least productive of his career as Martin missed six games due to injuries.
That isn’t to say that Elliott can’t play at an elite level without Martin. But clearly there’s a gap between Martin and his backup – and Elliott knows it.
Last year the Cowboys rushing attack was in the middle of the pack in all categories. If they want to improve off of last year’s 6-10 record, those numbers need to improve.
How will Zack Martin’s absence impact Ezekiel Elliott on the field this Thursday?