Pollard carried the ball four times for 22 yards and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's win over Washington.
With Ezekiel Elliott taking on his usual workload (25 total touches), there wasn't much left over for Pollard. He did find the end zone on a three-yard run in the third quarter while Elliott was getting a breather, but the touchdown was wiped out by a holding penalty. The fact that the Cowboys were comfortable using Pollard in the red zone is encouraging, but unless something happens to Elliott, the rookie's fantasy value will be minimal.
Pollard carried the ball 13 times for 24 yards in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Giants.
The rookie wound up seeing the same number of carries as Ezekiel Elliott, but Pollard wasn't able to do much with his touches as his longest run went for only six yards. Elliott's workload will only increase moving forward, so Pollard will need to show the same kind of electricity he did in the preseason if he wants to retain any kind of significant role in the offense.
Pollard is slated to serve as the top backup to starting tailback Ezekiel Elliott in Sunday's game against the Giants, but the extent of the rookie's role in the Week 1 game plan is uncertain. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Elliott is expected to play around 20-to-25 snaps, while a source tells Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com that the veteran will handle a "normal" workload.
Even if Rapoport's report proves more accurate of the two, Elliott would still make for a solid universal lineup play in season-long formats, but Pollard's fantasy viability would vary more wildly based on Elliott's usage. If Elliott is on tap for a 20-to-25-snap role, Pollard might still have a path to around 10 touches, which would keep him on the radar in deeper leagues. If Raanan's prediction comes to pass, however, little work would likely be left over for Pollard, as Elliott never played fewer than 76.8 percent of Dallas' offensive snaps in any game in 2018. Rather than committing to a firm plan for Elliott's workload, it's possible the Cowboys assess his condition as the game unfolds before determining when or if to stagger or reduce his snap count.
Pollard may be in line for a more limited role than initially anticipated Sunday against the Giants with top back Ezekiel Elliott expected to handle a "normal" workload, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Pollard's fantasy value took a major hit when Elliott inked a six-year, $90 million contract extension earlier this week, but the rookie was still expected to have a fairly prominent role in the Cowboys' Week 1 game plan since the veteran missed all of training camp and the preseason while holding out. Earlier reports suggested that Elliott would likely only be in line for around 20-to-25 snaps, but the Cowboys have seemingly been satisfied enough with his fitness after three practices to loosen the reins. Assuming Elliott does in fact handle his usual three-down duties for the Cowboys, Pollard may only be in line for a handful of touches as a change-of-pace back, which probably won't translate to enough volume to make the Memphis product a viable lineup option in most fantasy formats.
Pollard enters the regular season as the top backup to Ezekiel Elliott, who is expected to be available Week 1 against the Giants after reaching a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Pollard could still be looking at a significant role during the regular-season opener, as Elliott only expected to play about 20-to-25 snaps after missing training camp and the preseason, according to Slater. Once Elliott answers any concerns about his conditioning, he'll presumably reclaim the overwhelming share of backfield snaps for Dallas, leaving few left over for Pollard. At the point, the rookie fourth-round pick could still end up making an impact for Dallas as a gadget player, slot receiver and return man.
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that he's confident in Pollard "as a runner, protector and receiver," Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. "Nothing feels too big for him," Garrett added. "He's been with the 1's a lot."
As mentioned by Garrett, Pollard has been working with the first-team offense during the entirety of Ezekiel Elliott's holdout. Overall, Pollard totaled 15 carries for 84 yards and one TD while hauling in all three targets for 19 yards across three preseason appearances. Such production indicates he'll be able to handle a three-down workload as long as Elliott remains away from the team. If the impasse with Elliott ends and he returns to the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones has expressed that Elliott and Pollard will be able to coexist, per Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News. It's difficult to foresee Pollard cutting into Elliott's typical vast workload from past seasons, but for now he'll have a chance to be the lead back in Dallas.
Pollard gained 26 yards on six carries and added two catches for 10 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
Pollard averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry and looked especially explosive on a 20-yard carry in the first quarter. He also added a pair of five-yard receptions before taking a seat in the second period. The exciting rookie has certainly caught some eyes during the preseason and seems to be the likeliest option to step into a prominent role during the duration of Ezekiel Elliott's holdout. Should it extend into the regular season, Pollard would be poised to start in Week 1 against the Giants.
Pollard carried five times for 42 yards and a touchdown while catching his lone target for a nine-yard gain during Saturday's 14-10 preseason win over the Rams.
Pollard got the start but only participated on one drive, a 97-yard march by the Dallas offense. He was especially impressive on his 14-yard touchdown run, exploding through the hole and lowering his shoulder to punch his way in. Pollard has drawn rave reviews during camp and finally showed what he's capable of after a solid, albeit unspectacular, preseason debut. Ezekiel Elliott's contract holdout continues to dominate the headlines, so at the very least, Pollard makes for a nice contingency plan. He should play deeper into next Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
Pollard carried four times for 16 yards in Saturday's 17-9 preseason loss to the 49ers.
After making waves early in camp, Pollard earned the start with the first-team offense. He began their initial drive with a six-yard burst and carried three more times to help his side to a field goal. Pollard came out of college with a reputation as an impactful pass catcher, so perhaps the only real disappointment from this outing is that he didn't receive a single target. Still, Pollard seems to have caught the eye of his coaching staff and could get more work next Saturday against the Rams. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott remains away from the Cowboys in his effort to secure a new contract.
Pollard worked with the first-team offense during Thursday's practice and could get the start in the preseason opener Saturday against the 49ers, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The recently signed Alfred Morris is also expected to see action, as should Darius Jackson, but Pollard's impressive showing in camp so far has the rookie looking like he can be a big part of the Cowboys' backfield picture in the event Ezekiel Elliott's holdout drags on into the regular season. If Pollard is able to flash his speed and power Saturday, he could catapult into the No. 2 spot on the RB depth chart.
Pollard has been one of the standout players of training camp for the Cowboys so far, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports. "[Pollard is] one of the most exciting players to me of this training camp,'' quarterback Dak Prescott said this week. "The things that he's been able to do running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield. He's making plays."
The fourth-round pick out of Memphis has not only been able to showcase his speed and physicality on both offense and special teams, he's drawn significant praise for how quickly he's sponged up the playbook. Pollard's actual role and workload in new coordinator Kellen Moore's offense remains unclear, but if Ezekiel Elliott's holdout extends into the regular season, Pollard could be a lot more than just a replacement for Tavon Austin on jet sweeps and gadget plays.
The Cowboys selected Pollard in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 128th overall.
While a disappointing 4.52 40 time initially dinged Pollard's draft stock, the Memphis product followed it up with a 4.3 40 at his pro day and now appears to be headed to a Cowboys team that was known to be in the market for a young backup to Ezekiel Elliott. With Rod Smith gone and practically only Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn to compete with, Pollard seems to have decent odds of opening the season as one of the more valuable handcuff running backs in fantasy. After averaging a school record 40 yards per kick return, Pollard would also have boosted value in leagues that count all-purpose yards.
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