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May 21, 2014

Zack Martin ready to learn the right guard position

Zack Martin's versatility is a big reason scouts were so excited about him. The Cowboys will start him at right guard, a position he never has played.

“It’s good just kind of learning how to play on the right side again and playing inside rather than tackle,” Martin said Wednesday at a rookie event at Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington. “It’s been going great. Coach [Bill] Callahan and Coach [Frank] Pollack have been great teaching me. It’s been a fun first two weeks.”

Martin, a Notre Dame product, was the No. 16 overall pick. He is expected to start, but he'll have to hold off veteran Mackenzy Bernadeau, who made 11 starts at right guard last season and 14 in 2012.

Veteran tight end Jason Witten said earlier this week that the selection of Martin over quarterback Johnny Manziel signals the direction of the team. The Cowboys drafted Martin to better protect quarterback Tony Romo and with hopes of running the ball more and better this season.

“It’s a huge compliment,” Martin said. “I know we want to control the line of scrimmage, and when we were winning in the ‘90s, that’s what they did. They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. You can tell they’re invested in that. It’s going to be fun to be a part of it.”

-- Charean Williams

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