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June 10, 2014

Zack Martin's first snaps at center are eye-opening: 'You got a lot going on'

The Cowboys gave Zack Martin a look at center during the OTA practice on Tuesday and plan to keep doing it.

“We viewed him as a guy who could potentially play five offensive line spots when we drafted him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s certainly done a very good job at guard. We’ll try to give him some snaps at center as well.”

It fits in with the approach the Cowboys took with center Travis Frederick a year ago, when he was their first-round pick. The team gave Frederick a look at guard during training camp, although the tinkering did not last long.

Martin comes to the Cowboys with 52 games of big-time college experience at left tackle. He never played a game at guard in college, and he only snapped during workouts for NFL teams in the offseason.

So the work on Tuesday was an eye-opener.

“It’s hard,” he said, and laughed. “The first time I was in there, I came to the side, I was like, ‘God, you got a lot going on out there. You got to know a lot.’ ”

Garrett said Martin can handle it.

“He’s a really, really smart football player,” Garrett said. “You can tell that in how he played in college tape. You can tell that from Minute 1 since he’s been here, both in the classroom and on the field. The game comes very easily to him from a mental standpoint. He doesn’t seem to struggle with the different looks, playing different spots.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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