Martin Looks to “Clean It Up” After Being Called for First Career Hold

Zack Martin made it all the way into his second season before committing his first NFL hold

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Cowboys All-Pro right guard Zack Martin is looking to “clean it up,” after committing the first two holding penalties of his career in the 20-10 victory over the Eagles.

Before that, in 2014, Martin got all the way through his rookie season and two games deep into the playoffs without committing a hold. He committed three penalties total last season, which is good for any offensive lineman and pretty unthinkable for a 24-year-old rookie.

Total, Martin was called for penalties thrice on the day. Twice for holding, though only one of those was accepted by the Eagles, and once for an ineligible man downfield.

The latter was the result of Martin just getting ahead of a play a little bit. It’s the holds that bother, and motivate, Martin.

You never want to have a holding call,” Martin said, per Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “So yeah, it’s obviously something you’ve got to look at it and really hold yourself to a high standard, and that’s the great thing about our team and our group.”

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