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Top Tony Pollard News

  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Might get real look as receiver

    Pollard could be used as more than just a receiving option out of the backfield, Patrik Walker of the Cowboys' official website reports. "He's not going to run just the RB route tree. He can go vertically and put defenders in tough spots as to how they wanna cover him," offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said Wednesday.

    The fact that Moore suggested Pollard would be used "vertically" is a strong sign he'll be running something more than typical RB routes. Dallas' wide receiver depth will be tested early in the season with Michael Gallup (knee) and James Washington (foot) both sidelined, but signs continue to build that Pollard will be one of the players relied upon to take on some of those targets. The 25-year-old set career highs with 39 catches on 46 targets for 337 receiving yards last season, but he could blow those numbers out of the water if he sees consistent snaps in the slot and split out wide.

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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Will remain No. 2 back

    Pollard may see more snaps and touches in 2022, but Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones indicated Saturday they won't come at the expense of Ezekiel Elliott, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "[Zeke] has to be the focal point," Jones said. "There is room for Pollard while Zeke is in there."

    The implication here is that Dallas will use more two-back sets, particularly on passing downs when Pollard can line up in the slot while Elliott handles pass protection duties. Based on their production over the last three seasons, there's an argument to be made that Pollard should be cutting into Elliott's workload, but the latter did play through a knee injury last year that may have hampered his efficiency, and he has one season remaining on his current contract before the Cowboys could realistically part ways with him. While Pollard's career-high 719 rushing yards and 5.5 yards per carry in 2021 were impressive, any further gains on his part this year may have to come as a receiver.

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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Expects more snaps

    Pollard has been taking snaps in the slot at training camp and says he anticipates more playing time this year, The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Dual-halfback formations tend to be more summer talking points than fall reality, but it makes sense for a Dallas team with shaky depth at wide receiver and tight end. The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper in the offseason and expect Michael Gallup (ACL) to miss time in September, leaving James Washington and rookie Jalen Tolbert among the favorites to pick up snaps. Given that context, formations with both Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott on the field sound better, especially compared to last season when it often would've mean taking a healthy Gallup off the field. It's also possible Pollard subs in for Elliott more often as the lone back, though Elliott says he feels better this year after playing through a PCL injury last season.

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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Ready for versatile role

    Pollard is getting ready to handle snaps in whatever role the Cowboys want him to fill, Coral Smith of reports. "I'm open to anything just being on the field, being able to make the most of my opportunities," Pollard said after last month's OTAs. "If I have to line up in the slot a little more, whatever it takes, I'm ready to do it."

    The 25-year-old produced a career-high 1,545 all-purpose yards last season as a runner, pass catcher and kickoff returner, but Pollard is preparing to take on even more responsibility as a receiver in 2022. "It just makes things a little easier, being out wide, catching the ball, not having to worry about the first line of defense, then the linebackers, then the safeties. Once you're out wide you really just have one guy to beat, and then it's off to the races from there," Pollard said. "I definitely feel like any opportunity I'm given, I'm going to do my best to make the most of it. The more I get, the more I can benefit the team." Even if Ezekiel Elliott stays healthy this season, there could be more touches available for Pollard as he helps round out a depleted receiving corps that lost Amari Cooper in the offseason and likely will be without Michael Gallup (knee) for the early part of the schedule.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Memphis, TN
Age: 25
School: Memphis
Experience: 4