Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #1
Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #1
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Getting work at wide receiver

Pollard has been getting some work at wide receiver according to head coach Mike McCarthy, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pollard has shown flashes when given the opportunity, but it's hard to get many reps in the backfield behind a bell cow like Ezekiel Elliott. It makes sense to give Pollard some reps at receiver to try to increase his potential snaps, while not sacrificing Elliott's either. We'll have to wait and see how this evolves going into training camp, but it's something to keep and eye on and could add a little bit more value to Pollard.

Jun 3, 2021 9:20 AM EST

Wraps up inconsistent campaign

Pollard gained 15 rushing yards on five carries and caught three of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The second-year back put together a 2020 season much like his rookie campaign, as he showed occasional flashes of his upside (highlighted by his 132 scrimmage yards and two TDs in Week 15) but mostly seeing limited work behind Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard finished the season with 627 yards from scrimmage, a slight improvement on 2019, and five total touchdowns. With Elliott still under contract and carrying a sizable cap hit, the backfield depth chart isn't likely to change much in Dallas in 2021, limiting Pollard's fantasy appeal to that of insurance policy.

Jan 4, 2021 11:53 AM EST

Does little in Sunday's rout

Pollard carried the ball nine times for 12 yards and caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles.

Analysis: After his 132-yard, two-TD effort in Week 15, Pollard seemed poised to take on a bigger role in the Cowboys' backfield even with Ezekiel Elliott returning to action, but instead the second-year RB faded back into the woodwork. Pollard will likely see a similar workload again in Week 17 against the Giants, and while he's shown his upside, he'll be a risky fantasy option.

Dec 28, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Likely back to No. 2 role

Pollard is expected to serve as the Cowboys' No. 2 running back Sunday against the Eagles with Ezekiel Elliott (calf) set to play after sitting out the Week 15 win over the 49ers, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: While Elliott sat out the Week 15 contest, Pollard thrived in his first career start, carrying 12 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns and hauling in six of nine targets for 63 yards. Though Elliott -- who is listed as questionable for the contest -- has averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry this season and presumably isn't 100 percent while he works back from the bruised calf, the massive six-year, $90 million contract extension he signed last week should continue to give him the edge over Pollard for lead duties out of the backfield. That being said, it wouldn't be surprising if Pollard's stellar Week 15 outing earned him a larger portion of the snaps and touches out of the backfield. Over the previous four games both he and Elliott played together, Pollard logged between 32 and 39 percent of the offensive snaps while averaging just over eight touches per contest.

Dec 27, 2020 7:31 AM EST

Stars in two-TD effort

Pollard carried 12 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns while adding six receptions (on nine targets) for 63 yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Pollard stepped into a featured role with Ezekiel Elliott (calf) ruled out and recorded a new career high in touches. He scored a short rushing touchdown early on and was bottled up on the ground for the most part until he broke free for a 40-yard score in the fourth quarter. Additionally, Pollard led the team in targets and receptions as his receiving prowess helped him pile up 132 scrimmage yards. It is unclear if the team plans to hold Elliott out over the final two games, but if so, Pollard will likely be in line for a similar role next Sunday against the Eagles.

Dec 20, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Set to lead backfield

Pollard is in line to lead the Cowboys backfield after Ezekiel Elliott was ruled inactive Sunday against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: A 2019 fourth-round pick, Pollard has earned double-digit touches in seven of his 28 career contests. In those contests, he's averaged 13.3 touches for 72.3 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three touchdowns. Aside from Pollard, the other candidates for touches at running back are Rico Dowdle and Sewo Olonilua.

Dec 20, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Earns significant workload

Pollard carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards in Week 14 against the Bengals. He added two receptions for nine yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Pollard had a near even workload with workhorse Ezekiel Elliott. That didn't translate into much production until late in the game, however, when he found the end zone on a seven-yard pass from Andy Dalton. Elliot was nursing a calf injury leading up to the Week 14 matchup, which may have led to the reduced workload. His availability to practice leading up to the team's Week 15 showdown with the 49ers could hint at Pollard's future workload.

Dec 13, 2020 6:10 PM EST

Makes impact in return game

Pollard carried the ball eight times for 22 yards and caught his only target for six yards in Tuesday's loss to the Ravens. He also gained 126 yards on four kickoff returns.

Analysis: While he failed to reach double-digit touches on offense for the third straight contest and the 10th time in 12 games this season, Pollard did contribute as a return man, and his 66-yard scamper to Baltimore's 28-yard line set up Dallas' first touchdown of the night. As long as Ezekiel Elliott is healthy, however, Pollard's role on offense will remain limited.

Dec 9, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Little usage in Thanksgiving loss

Pollard carried the ball four times for 12 yards and caught both his targets for 10 yards in Thursday's loss to Washington.

Analysis: Despite another fumble from Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard didn't see much action in the Thanksgiving Day rout, continuing a trend from last week -- after getting at least eight touches in five straight games prior to the Cowboys' bye, Pollard has only 11 touches total in the last two contests. As long as Dallas has a shot at winning their division, Elliot's workload isn't likely to decline, leaving Pollard's usage dependent on game flow rather than his abilities.

Nov 27, 2020 7:32 AM EST

Gets into end zone Sunday

Pollard carried the ball five times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter, with Pollard's 42-yard TD scamper supplying one of the switches. In addition to scoring for the first time since Week 4, the Cowboys' No. 2 RB also set a new season high for rushing yards, giving him plenty of momentum heading into a Thanksgiving clash with Washington.

Nov 22, 2020 6:23 PM EST

Sees usual role Sunday

Pollard carried the ball nine times for 57 yards and caught one of two targets for one yard in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Ezekiel Elliott was a game-time decision Sunday due to a minor hamstring strain, opening up the possibility of an increased role for Pollard, but Elliott wound up getting 20 touches and his backup saw his usual volume -- Pollard has gotten 8-12 touches in each of the last five games. The second-year back did set a season high in rushing yards against Pittsburgh, but with the Cowboys headed into their bye week, Elliott should be at 100 percent for Week 11's clash with the Vikings, closing the door for now on a boost in Pollard's fantasy value.

Nov 8, 2020 8:53 PM EST

Chance for increased role Sunday

Pollard could have an increased workload Sunday against the Steelers if Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) has trouble in his pregame workout, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Elliott has been limited at practice all week and there's some question about his availability for Sunday, though the team still expects him to play. Pollard set season highs in rushing yards (40) and receiving yards (24) during last week's loss to the Eagles, and he could be even more involved this week.

Nov 6, 2020 9:03 AM EST

Season high in scrimmage yards

Pollard carried the ball seven times for 40 yards and caught both his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The Cowboys' offense had little success with seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci under center, but Pollard was able to muster season highs in rushing and scrimmage yards from his nine touches. Andy Dalton (concussion) is expected back at quarterback for Week 9, but Pollard's value, and the outlook for the Dallas offense as a whole, will remain low.

Nov 2, 2020 9:21 AM EST

Held in check Sunday

Pollard carried the ball eight times for 16 yards and caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's loss to Washington.

Analysis: The Cowboys' running game had little success working behind a patchwork offensive line, especially after Andy Dalton (concussion) left the game and was replaced by rookie Ben DiNucci, and Pollard wasn't able to do much with his reps. The second-year back has seen at least eight touches in each of the last three games, but the outlook for the Dallas offense as a whole is bleak heading into Week 8's road clash with the Eagles.

Oct 26, 2020 9:38 AM EST

Handles 10 carries in MNF blowout

Pollard registered 31 rushing yards on 10 carries, also corralling two of his four targets for nine receiving yards during Monday's 38-10 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: After Ezekiel Elliott lost two fumbles in a game for the first time in his NFL career, Pollard handled seven of the Cowboys' final 11 RB touches to close out the first half. Pollard's 12 offensive touches on the night significantly outpaced his previous season high of eight, but the uptick in involvement can largely be attributed to game script, as Dallas fell into a 28-3 hole by the midpoint of the third quarter. Elliott is expected to garner a higher proportion of the RB workload next week in what figures to be a more tightly-contested game, on the road against Washington.

Oct 20, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Eight touches in Sunday's win

Pollard carried the ball six times for 30 yards and caught two of three targets for two yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: The eight touches were a season high for the Cowboys' No. 2 running back, although Pollard made little impact with them. The Dallas offense could look very different in Week 6 with Dak Prescott (ankle) lost for the season, and if more emphasis is put on the ground game, Pollard could start to see 8-10 touches per game on a more consistent basis.

Oct 12, 2020 7:45 AM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Pollard carried the ball three times for 16 yards and a touchdown and caught one of two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Analysis: The 32 scrimmage yards tied his season high, while the TD was his first of 2020. Ezekiel Elliott continues to see the bulk of the work in the Dallas backfield, but his recent difficulty holding onto the ball -- both in terms of dropped passes and fumbles -- could open the door for Pollard to get more touches going forward.

Oct 5, 2020 9:35 AM EST

Not seeing work

Pollard did not receive a carry and caught his only target for a five-yard loss in Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Seahawks.

Analysis: Ezekiel Elliott did not have a good game, committing numerous drops, slipping in his own end zone for a safety, and averaging only 2.4 yards a carry, but even in those circumstances Pollard didn't get a chance to make an impact. It seems as though it will take an injury to Elliott for the Cowboys' No. 2 running back to have any kind of fantasy value.

Sep 28, 2020 10:30 AM EST

Just three touches Sunday

Pollard rushed for six yards on two carries and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Ezekiel Elliott once again saw a heavy workload with 28 touches, leaving little action left over for Pollard aside from his duties on kickoffs, which produced 106 yards on five returns. The second-year back will need to bide his time and wait for a game with a more favorable script before getting a chance to make an impact.

Sep 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

Limited touches in loss

Pollard gained 10 yards on two carries and caught two of three targets for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Ezekiel Elliott logged 22 totes and three catches on four targets, leaving little work left over for Pollard. The second-year back did pick up 48 yards on two kickoff returns, but his role in the offense could be minimal this year unless Elliott is injured or game flow allows Pollard some garbage-time touches.

Sep 14, 2020 7:27 AM EST

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