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Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

Running Back #1
ADP:Round: 10, Pick: 9
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 210 lb.
College:Memphis
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (128)
Draft Team:DAL

Tony Pollard: 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.

October 20, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Tony Pollard: 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.

October 12, 2020 7:45 AM EST

Tony Pollard: 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.

October 5, 2020 9:35 AM EST

Tony Pollard: 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.

September 28, 2020 10:30 AM EST

Tony Pollard: 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.

September 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

Tony Pollard: 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.

September 14, 2020 7:27 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Could have bigger role?

Coach Mike McCarthy said he won't discuss his usage of Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: It seems reporters were probing McCarthy about the possibility of Pollard taking on a larger role in his second pro season. It would be a reasonable plan, especially on passing downs, but there's no doubt Elliott will dominate the carries as long as he's healthy. Elliott mentioned that pass catching was his main focus this offseason, perhaps cognizant that he could be in danger of losing some of that work to Pollard. The 2019 fourth-round pick was limited to 15-107-1 on 20 targets as a rookie, but he actually had more receiving yards (1,292) than rushing yards (941) in this three seasons at Memphis. A larger role for Pollard might push Elliott down to mid-to-low-RB1 territory for fantasy purposes, rather than his accustomed high-end RB1 status. Meanwhile, Pollard is one of the more valuable backup running backs, sitting one Zeke injury away from a potential three-down role in a highly promising offense.

August 17, 2020 2:19 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Flashes upside as rookie

Pollard finished the 2019 season with 86 carries for 455 yards and two touchdowns while catching 15 of 20 targets for 107 receiving yards and an additional TD.

Analysis: He also chipped in 245 yards on kickoff returns for good measure. Ezekiel Elliott's preseason holdout created a small window this fall in which it looked like the 2019 fourth-round pick could be the Cowboys' No. 1 running back, and Pollard gave glimpses of what that might have looked like in two huge performances against the Dolphins in Week 3 and the Rams in Week 15 -- 51.4 percent of his rushing yards on the year came in those two games. With Elliott and his giant contract locked in atop the depth chart heading into 2020, Pollard once again figures to be the first option off the bench when the team's bell cow needs a breather, but his big-play potential could still give him fantasy value in the right matchups.

January 1, 2020 10:07 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Loses crucial fumble

Pollard had two carries for zero yards, two kick returns for 41 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Pollard lost a fumble during the third quarter to end a 10-play drive for the Cowboys, and he didn't touch the ball again on offense. The 22-year-old had 12 rushes for 131 yards and one touchdown Week 15, illustrating his volatility as a low-volume fantasy option.

December 24, 2019 7:37 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Surprising eruption for Dallas

Pollard carried the ball 12 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.

Analysis: With Dallas leading 28-7 at halftime, Pollard saw increased opportunities in the second half and made the most of them, breaking off a 44-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys' final points. The rookie RB topped the century mark for the second time this season, and both times he's done it while Ezekiel Elliott was also compiling triple-digit rushing yards (the other game being Week 3's win over Miami). Pollard remains a risky fantasy option due to his usual low touch volume, but he remains a big-play threat for the Cowboys heading into next Sunday's crucial clash with the Eagles.

December 15, 2019 6:44 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Back to full participation

Pollard (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Pollard opened the week with a cap on his reps, but his ability to handle every rep Thursday paves the way for him to return to action Sunday against the Rams following a one-game absence. Working behind Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard likely is in line for the four touches per game he received in the nine games prior to his Week 14 DNP.

December 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Practices in limited fashion

Pollard (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard sat out Week 14's loss to the Bears due to an ankle injury, but he now appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's tilt against the Rams. The rookie fourth-round pick will have two more opportunities to increase his practice activity and avoid an injury tag entirely for Week 15. If he's indeed cleared to retake the field Sunday, Pollard will reprise his usual uncontested backup role behind Ezekiel Elliott.

December 11, 2019 2:30 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Likely to return Week 15

Coach Jason Garrett said Pollard "should be able to play" in the Cowboys' next game Dec. 15 against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: After failing to practice Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle issue, Pollard didn't suit up Thursday in Chicago, leaving the backfield solely in the hands of starter Ezekiel Elliott. It was notable that fullback Jamize Olawale didn't get a single carry and was targeted just once on his 11 offensive snaps, despite the potential opportunity at hand. If Pollard returns to action Week 15, he likely will be afforded his typical handful of touches.

December 6, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Not available Thursday

Pollard (ankle) is listed as inactive Thursday at Chicago, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Pollard ended Week 14 prep in a precarious position, being held out Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Despite the Cowboys not bolstering the backfield prior to kickoff, the team has opted to keep Pollard in street clothes. As a result, FB Jamize Olawale is the only back available to the offense aside from workhorse Ezekiel Elliott.

December 5, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Status in question for Thursday

Pollard (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game in Chicago, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard didn't make an appearance on the Cowboys' Week 14 injury report until Tuesday, capping it with back-to-back DNPs. After Ezekiel Elliott, fullback Jamize Olawale is the only other RB on the Cowboys' 53-man roster, so the team would show its hand with Pollard if it makes an addition to the backfield.

December 4, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Added to injury report

Pollard (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard was added to the Cowboys' Week 14 injury report Tuesday, so his status for Thursday's game against the Bears will be worth monitoring. Pollard remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott on the Cowboys' running back depth chart, which limits his fantasy ceiling, but he does remain useful as an insurance policy in the event that Elliott suffers an injury down the stretch.

December 3, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Can't do much in rain

Pollard carried the ball four times for 19 yards and caught three of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The weather was miserable in Foxboro, and while Pollard saw his highest touch volume since he got eight carries in Week 7 against the Eagles, the rookie wasn't able to turn them into much yardage. With his role increasing, however, Pollard could have some big-play potential in Week 13's home tilt against the Bills.

November 25, 2019 12:14 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Scores first receiving TD

Pollard carried the ball twice for 12 yards and caught all four of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Lions.

Analysis: The rookie running back had his best game yet as a pass-catcher, and he topped 50 scrimmage yards for the first time since his huge Week 3 performance against Miami. Pollard remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott on the depth chart, but if offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is committed to getting the dynamic back more touches, Pollard could have deep-league value down the stretch.

November 18, 2019 9:13 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Gets just three rushes Sunday

Pollard had three carries for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-22 road defeat to the Jets.

Analysis: After the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers, Pollard dealt with knee and ankle injuries, but his practice reps weren't affected, and he entered this past weekend without a designation. Still, he didn't make much headway on the ground for a third consecutive game behind workhorse Ezekiel Elliott, who received 28 totes and six targets Sunday. Without an injury to Elliott, Pollard will have difficulty making more than a negligible mark in the box score most weeks.

October 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Practices in full Wednesday

Pollard (knee/ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pollard came out of Sunday's loss to the Packers nursing knee and ankle injuries, but it appears as though the issues are minor and don't threaten his availability for Week 6. The rookie hasn't seen much work behind Ezekiel Elliot through two straight contests, so he currently exists off the fantasy radar except as a high-upside backup.

October 9, 2019 1:27 PM EST

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