A few weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys made headlines for their first time in their history, as the team played its first preseason game.
As the Dallas Morning News put it, “This is the first season since 2003 that the Cowboys have had two rookies starting at quarterback.”
The Cowboys had one such rookie in Matt Cassel, who signed a one-year deal in March of 2016.
And then they had another rookie in Zack Martin, who joined the team in July of 2017.
The Cowboys’ new QB was a newbie to the game, but he was already an established veteran in the NFL, having led the NFL in completion percentage (66.3) in 2016 and 2017, and completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,788 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Martin is one of the NFL’s top young passers.
He completed 64.6 percent of those passes last year, which was the fourth-best mark among qualified passers, and his completion percentage this season has risen to 68.9 percent, which is fourth among qualified quarterbacks.
His career passer rating of 110.2 is also fifth among qualified quarterback passers, behind only Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson.
The only two other quarterbacks with more than two seasons of experience were Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Fitzpatrick has struggled to get a handle on the nuances of the position in his rookie year.
Martin had a very successful rookie year, and he’s still only 27 years old.
He’ll be 34 by the time the Cowboys play in their first preseason contest in 2019.
He’s also going to be 35 when he retires.
And that will give the Cowboys the best chance to win their first playoff game since 2007.
Martin will be the third quarterback to take the field in 2019, after former Texans quarterback Josh Freeman (2009) and former Browns quarterback Andy Dalton (2014).
The Cowboys were without both players this year.
In fact, Freeman and Dalton were both injured in the first preseason action of the year.
Freeman missed the game with a calf strain, while Dalton injured his knee in the second preseason game of the season.
But Martin’s injury and Dalton’s absence gave the Cowboys an opportunity to develop their franchise quarterback.
Martin, in a year that saw the Cowboys win six games and win their third division title, will have the chance to put his skills and knowledge to the test in his first game in Dallas.
It’s the perfect opportunity to show off his talent.
The Dallas Cowboys are the first team in the NFC to have two rookie quarterbacks on the roster.
What makes Martin so special?
He’s an elite athlete with a long, athletic build and a knack for making plays on the ball.
Martin was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Dallas Texans.
He was one of four players taken in the top five overall picks in the 2016 draft by Houston, and the only one of those four players to play in the final three games of the regular season.
Martin played in just four games in the regular-season and postseason for the Texans, throwing for 3,077 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 1.8 yards per carry.
In 2016, Martin also started eight games for the Cowboys, completing 72.4 of his completions for 1