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Titans High On Tony Pollard, Tyjae Spears As Receivers

Tennessee Titans running backs Tony Pollard and Tyjae Spears figure to share the backfield in 2024 under new head coach Brian Callahan, and the Titans are high on both players as receiving threats. "Anytime we can find ways to match those guys up in the passing game on linebackers is a huge benefit to us. They are hard to cover. They can run routes like receivers, which is unique," Callahan said. "I have not seen guys like them very often and we have two of them...they catch naturally which is exciting." Pollard, who spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was often used as a receiver out of the backfield as a change-of-pace complement to Ezekiel Elliott. Meanwhile, Spears played 52.9% of Tennessee's offensive snaps last year -- primarily on passing downs. It's going to be a challenge to project each back's workload in the new-look Titans' offense, but given the predicted identity shift to a pass-first approach, both could have flex value in PPR formats. Pollard is being drafted as a low-end RB2 in early fantasy drafts, while Spears is going off the board around the low-end RB3 range.

May 29, 2024 4:41 PM EST

Titans Calling Tyjae Spears, Tony Pollard 1A And 1B

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Nick Holz sees running backs Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard as 1A and 1B in some combination at the RB position for the team heading into the 2024 season. Holz said both backs will get a lot of touches. It's clearly bad news for Pollard's fantasy value after he served as the lead back for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023, recording his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season with six touchdowns but a career-low 4.0 yards per carry in 17 regular-season starts. Expecting a third straight 1,000-yard season in his first year in Tennessee would be unwise. If both Spears -- who had 453 rushing yards and 385 receiving yards with three total TDs as a rookies last year, -- and Pollard split the backfield work evenly, they'd both be more of RB3/flex plays in fantasy on a weekly basis in an offense that could be transitioning to more of a balanced attack rather than run-heavy.

Apr 10, 2024 11:05 PM EST

Titans Giving Tony Pollard A Three-Year Deal

Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans are set to give free-agent running back Tony Pollard a three-year deal worth $24 million, according to a source. The deal won't become official until Wednesday, but this officially signals that the Titans are moving on from Derrick Henry, which was expected all along. Pollard brings a completely different dynamic than King Henry in the backfield. While Pollard should be expected to see most of the backfield touches in Tennessee, second-year back Tyjae Spears should also be heavily involved, which will hurt Pollard's overall fantasy ceiling. The 26-year-old has gone over 1,000 yards rushing in each of the last two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, but he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry in 2023 and is moving to a much less explosive offense in Tennessee with an unproven second-year QB in Will Levis.

Mar 11, 2024 12:54 PM EST

Titans Expected To Sign Tony Pollard

The Tennessee Titans are expected to sign free-agent running back Tony Pollard, according to a league source. Nothing is official and teams cannot announce free-agent signings until Wednesday, but it looks like Pollard is going to leave the Dallas Cowboys for the Titans to replace Derrick Henry in Tennessee. The 26-year-old should be in line for lead-back duties in Tennessee, although second-year back Tyjae Spears earned more playing time after an impressive rookie campaign in 2023. Even though Pollard eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season in 2024 with Dallas, he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry and didn't look the same after suffering a serious leg injury the previous postseason. He could be more efficient another year removed from the injury, but the move to the Titans is a big offensive downgrade behind an offensive line with plenty of question marks.

Mar 11, 2024 12:49 PM EST

Cowboys Not Expected To Use Franchise Tag On Tony Pollard

The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to use the franchise tag on impending free-agent running back Tony Pollard this year at a cost of $12.109 million, according to sources. The Cowboys gave Pollard lead-back duties in 2023, and he responded with 1,005 rushing yards on 252 attempts (career-low 4.0 yards per carry) with six touchdowns while adding a career-high 55 receptions for 311 yards and no TDs through the air in 17 regular-season contests. Pollard looked better late in the season and wasn't really himself for most of the year after recovering from a significant leg injury in 2022. The 26-year-old's fantasy value for the 2024 season will depend on where he's playing, but Pollard didn't do much to show other clubs that he can be trusted as a workhorse back.

Feb 26, 2024 6:52 PM EST

Cowboys Could Consider Re-Signing Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard's production plummeted as the team's lead back in 2023, but The Athletic's Saad Yousuf thinks the Cowboys don't need to rule out the possibility of bringing Pollard back in 2024 in free agency. Despite his disappointing season as a whole, Pollard was also coming back from a serious leg injury last year. However, he may have proved that he can't be relied on to be a workhorse. If a bidding war breaks out for the 26-year-old, though, the Cowboys won't be expected to consider bringing him back. After earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2022, Pollard averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry on a career-high 252 rushing attempts for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns in 2023, adding a career-high 55 catches for 311 yards through the air. Pollard may not have been back to full health until December. Where he ends up in 2024 will ultimately determine his fantasy value.

Feb 14, 2024 6:06 PM EST

Tony Pollard Runs In A Touchdown On Wild-Card Weekend

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard scored a rushing touchdown in the first week of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. Pollard ran the ball 15 times, picking up 56 yards and scoring a touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter. He also saw nine targets in the passing game, gaining 29 yards on seven catches. It was a very up-and-down season for Pollard in his first season as the Cowboys lead back, where he was widely drafted as a surefire RB1 but ended up disappearing often even in good matchups. The Dallas backfield will be interesting to follow throughout the offseason.

Jan 14, 2024 11:18 PM EST

Tony Pollard Has A Good Matchup On Wild-Card Weekend

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard has a good matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Wild Card Weekend. Pollard ended his first regular season as the Cowboys lead back with 1,005 rushing yards and six touchdowns, wrapping up with a 16 fantasy point performance in Week 18, good for an RB12 finish. Pollard had an up-and-down season, finishing as a fantasy RB1 six times, but outside of the top-30 six times as well. In what should be a high-scoring game, Pollard is one of the safer options in the first round of the playoffs.

Jan 11, 2024 11:43 AM EST

Tony Pollard Scores A Touchdown In Week 18 Win

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard scored a touchdown in a Week 18 blowout win over the Washington Commanders. Pollard ran the ball 17 times, gaining 70 yards and scoring his touchdown on a goal line run in the second quarter. Pollard was also targeted twice in the passing game, making two catches for 16 more yards. It was a solid game for Pollard, who ceded 12 touches to his backup, Rico Dowdle, once the game was firmly in hand. Pollard, Dowdle, and the rest of the Cowboys will host the Green Bay Packers next week for the first round of the playoffs.

Jan 8, 2024 12:57 AM EST

Tony Pollard Looks To Finish Strong In Week 18

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will look for a strong end to the season in a Week 18 game against the Washington Commanders. Pollard has had some solid moments but it's been an overall disappointing season for the Cowboys lead back. Still, the Commanders run defense hasn't done much of anything lately, allowing the third-most rushing yards and fourth-most rushing touchdowns since Week 12. Despite his up-and-down season, Pollard will come in as a low-end RB1 in the regular season's final game.

Jan 4, 2024 7:04 PM EST

Tony Pollard Has Another Nondescript Game In Week 17

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had another nondescript game in a Week 17 win over the Detroit Lions. Pollard ran the ball 16 times for 49 scoreless yards on the ground, adding one reception on three targets, but not gaining any yardage through the air. Pollard had the volume in this one, but just couldn't find much running room. He did have a long gain of 18 yards on the ground, but in his other 15 carries, put up just 31 yards combined. He'll have a solid matchup in Week 18 to wrap up the regular season against the Washington Commanders, but Pollard has been mostly disappointing all season despite his big opportunities.

Dec 31, 2023 5:11 AM EST

Tony Pollard Looks For A Bounce Back In Week 17

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will look for a bounce back game in a Week 17 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Pollard has struggled for two weeks in a row after putting together several strong games before that. In his past two games, he's finished as the overall RB46 and RB34. The Lions defense has been very good against opposing running backs lately, making Pollard tough to trust in the fantasy championships, but he always has upside in this strong Cowboys offense. He's somewhere in the RB15-20 range this week.

Dec 28, 2023 7:08 PM EST

Tony Pollard Runs A Dozen Times In Week 16 Loss

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard ran the ball 12 times in a Week 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Pollard took the dozen handoffs and ran for 38 yards with a long gain of seven yards. In the passing game, he was only targeted once, making a catch for a five-yard gain. It was a disappointing game for Pollard, who saw six other Cowboys offensive players take at least one ball in the backfield. Pollard and the Cowboys will face the Detroit Lions next week on Saturday.

Dec 24, 2023 7:53 PM EST

Tony Pollard Finally Getting Healthy?

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (leg) said on Thursday that at the start of the season, he was still working through his January leg fracture more than he realized. "I would say it's a night and day difference. You think you're good. You think you're all the way back until you're actually out there making plays, full speed, feeling it. Once you get a feel for it and get your feet under you, then you start to realize, 'Oh, so I may have lost a little right there.' But I'm picking it back up," Pollard said. He thinks he moved past it "halfway through the season, a little bit after the bye week." Since the Week 7 bye, Pollard has averaged 4.31 yards per carry and three touchdowns after averaging 3.85 yards per carry with two TDs in the first six games in 2023. As long as the 26-year-old can stay involved in the passing attack, he'll continue to have RB1 fantasy upside, even in a somewhat weak matchup this weekend on the road against the Miami Dolphins.

Dec 22, 2023 1:12 AM EST

Tony Pollard Has A Tough Matchup In Week 16

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard has a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins in a Week 16 game. Pollard has been the RB18 this season but has underperformed quite a bit, as he's all the way up to the RB7 looking at expected fantasy points per game. Pollard has been better of late though, but the matchup against the Dolphins defense is a tough one, as they've allowed the second-fewest rushing yards in the league since Week 10. Pollard is an RB2 just based on expected touches, but his upside is a little lower than usual because of the matchup.

Dec 21, 2023 9:11 PM EST

Tony Pollard Runs For 52 Yards In Week 15

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had a fairly nondescript game in a Week 15 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He ran the ball 11 times, picking up 52 yards on the ground. He was targeted three times through the air, making two catches for five yards total. It was a rough game for the Cowboys offense as a whole, but Pollard did what he could with his opportunities. They'll hope for better results in Week 16 when the Cowboys face the Dolphins on Christmas Eve.

Dec 17, 2023 7:58 PM EST

Tony Pollard Looks To Keep Rolling In Week 15

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will look to keep his momentum rolling in a Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills. Pollard got off to a slow start this season, but he's put up at least 13 fantasy points for four weeks in a row (after only four double-digit games in Weeks 1 through 11). The Bills defense hasn't been able to do much to stop opposing running backs this season, making Pollard a low-end RB1 with some upside to be even more.

Dec 14, 2023 11:50 AM EST

Tony Pollard Falls Just Short Of 100 Total Yards In Week 14

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had a decent game in a Week 14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Pollard ran the ball 16 times for 59 yards and caught the ball seven times on eight targets for 37 more yards. In PPR leagues, the seven grabs made for a solid performance. Pollard played decently, but gave up 13 touches to his backup, Rico Dowdle, who scored the only Cowboys rushing touchdown in this game. Pollard looked much better than he did earlier in the season, and should remain in the RB2 conversation next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Dec 11, 2023 12:56 AM EST

Tony Pollard Looks To Continue His Upswing In Week 14

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will look to keep his recent upswing going in a Week 14 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Pollard has three straight top-12 fantasy running back finishes after having only one in Weeks 2 through 10. His explosiveness seems to have returned as well, as he's ranked fourth in explosive run rate and 12th in yards after contact among all running backs since Week 8. The Eagles defense has been solid against the run this season, but they've struggled a bit lately, making Pollard a low-end RB1 for this matchup.

Dec 7, 2023 5:13 PM EST

Tony Pollard Scores Again In A Week 13 Win

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard scored another touchdown in a Week 13 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Pollard has now scored in three straight games and has quickly shot back into the fantasy RB1 ranks after a rough start to the season. In this game, Pollard ran the ball 20 times for 68 yards and added three catches on four targets for an additional 15 yards. His touchdown came on a six-yard run in the third quarter, and now that he's turned things back on, he should be a solid RB1 option most weeks going forward.

Nov 30, 2023 11:52 PM EST