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Sunday, February 23, 2020

RB Tony Pollard is a legit weapon for Cowboys with Ezekiel Elliott holding out

Tony Pollard

The Dallas Cowboys want Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout to end, but they do seem to have an emerging backup option in case it doesn’t.

Rookie running back Tony Pollard started in the Cowboys’ second preseason game and looked good. He rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on five carries. He also caught a pass for nine yards. His vision and balance stood out:

Pollard was picked in the fourth round No. 128 overall out of Memphis. Immediately after being drafted, the Cowboys said they expected Pollard could have a big impact. That certainly would be the case if Elliott does not report to the team by Week 1.

The big-play ability for Pollard is evident based on his college stats. He averaged 7.1 yards per attempt last season and 6.8 for his college career. He had nine rushing touchdowns, nine receiving, and most impressively, seven kickoffs returned for a score.

The Cowboys would be fools not to want Elliott, a two-time rushing champ, back on the squad, but Pollard seems to have them in a good place.

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