The Dallas Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott as their lead lead again, and it doesn’t appear something wanting damage will change that in 2022. The problem for the Cowboys, and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, is getting extra touches for Tony Pollard, who has confirmed to be a productive choice when given the prospect. Elliott is a workhorse however Pollard is the extra explosive choice who has the potential to attain anytime he touches the ball.
Quite a few articles right here at BTB, and at different locations, have argued that the Cowboys have grossly underutilized Pollard throughout his tenure in Dallas. Whereas it’s true that Pollard’s touches have been rising yearly, there’s a truthful argument to be made that he needs to be getting as many carries, or extra, than Elliott. That appears unlikely to occur, however there’s one other approach the staff might get Pollard on the sphere.
In OTAs this yr, Pollard has been seen getting reps as a slot receiver. That is nothing new for him, he was principally a hybrid runner/receiver throughout his faculty days and has confirmed very adept at catching passes out of the backfield since he has been within the execs. The Cowboys have experimented earlier than with Pollard as a receiver in offseason work, however it has by no means actually translated to the common season. Maybe this yr will likely be totally different. Pollard has no objection to it.
“I’m open to something simply being on the sphere, with the ability to profit from my alternatives,” Pollard mentioned, by way of the Dallas Morning Information. “If I’ve to line up within the slot a bit extra, no matter it takes, I’m able to do it.”
Pollard mentioned he’ll take any alternative he can get to contribute.
“I positively really feel like several alternative I’m given, I’m going to do my greatest to profit from it,” Pollard mentioned. “The extra I get, the extra I can profit the staff.”
The Cowboys might wish to make this transfer extra out of necessity than selection this yr, particularly early on. With Michael Gallup anticipated to overlook a number of the early video games within the season, and with Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson out the door, the Cowboys receiving corps is a bit skinny. Free agent James Washington and draft decide Jalen Tolbert are anticipated to assist, however it’s an unknown how properly they are going to do. Washington has but to show to be a dependable choice in his time within the execs, and Tolbert will likely be a rookie studying the ropes.
Pollard simply could also be an excellent choice as a part-time receiver who works out of the slot. We all know he can catch, and we all know as soon as he has the ball in his palms he’s harmful. We now know that he’s prepared and keen to do it. The query is will the Cowboys lastly take benefit.