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Ezekiel Elliott Speaks Glowingly About Rookie RB Tony Pollard

There are players around the NFL whose ego is bigger than the team. Fortunately there's not a single player on the roster who can be described that way, especially not their star . In fact, he's one of the first to praise his teammates and did just that when speaking about rookie RB .

Tony Pollard of course is coming off his best game since entering the NFL. He turned 13 carries into 103 rushing yards and one touchdown and three catches into 25 receiving yards. That wasn't quite as good as Zeke's 19 carries for 125 yards, but naturally the media is going to try to spin it as if No. 21 might have a problem with the rookies production. That doesn't seem to be the case at all though.

You may have forgotten, but before Ezekiel Elliott headed to Cabo in order to put the pressure on the Cowboys for a long-term extension, he took all of the backup RBs under his wing and even had them over to his house to try and bond. That's just kind of player/person Zeke is. He not only strives to be the best, but wants his teammates to be the best versions of themselves as well. This includes Tony Pollard.

Tony Pollard
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Not all players are like this though. Just look at what's going on with for instance. But with Zeke, he truly wants to see his teammates succeed and is willing to do his part to help them out if he can. As far as Pollard is concerned, it may mean he has to lighten some of his normal workload.

This doesn't seem to faze Zeke though. In fact, he may be somewhat selfishly hoping this is a sign of things to come. After all, he knows the lifespan of an NFL RB is typically a short one. If he wants to prolong his career he can't continue to have 400+ touches a season like he's pretty much done since joining the Cowboys. He even admitted as much… kind of.

You may have to read between the lines just a little bit, but make no mistake, Zeke knows how much Tony Pollard cannot only help himself, but the Dallas Cowboys moving forward. As much as that might have him excited though, it sounds as if the potential 1-2 he can form with Pollard has him gushing at the possibilities.

Zeke isn't wrong though. Both he and Tony Pollard can become the best 1-2 punch the NFL has seen since Mark Ingram and . That was quite a formidable duo that nearly put the in the in 2018, and it's not so far-fetched to think it can't happen in Dallas. They certainly looked the part Sunday against the Dolphins.

No matter how this ends up turning out, it's really good to see Ezekiel Elliott handle this like he is. He could have been a diva about not being on the field to close out the game against the Dolphins or not receiving as many carries as he would've liked, but again that's just not him. He's a genuine, caring person who truly wants the best for those around him. I personally find that refreshing.

What do you think about Ezekiel Elliott's thoughts on Tony Pollard?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Ronnie Geiger

I’m glad to see Zeke praising his back up because if we are being honest, we will need them both, and Gallup back and our defense to step it up the rest of the way! Philly twice, NO, GB, Minn., NE, Chi, Set, and LA Rams….I guess you can throw Buf in there, too. We are going to need a complete effort all around to win these games! For those saying Dallas has a “soft” schedule…you are a fool! Dak needs to play like the first two games and second half of Mia game in order for us to win. Still, I see the Cowboys going 11-5 and winning the East….I also think they can win SB if they get everyone healthy and rolling by playoff time.
So, yeah Zeke should be happy he has a backup that can give him a breather.

Mike Johnson Jr.

he got paid…of course he does not care!! But…and I think he knows this too, he can be BETTER with someone like Pollard to help him get a rest and carry the ball only 20 times instead of 25 or 30. I would love to see them more involved in getting Pollard split out in the passing game too, with both on the field. 40 carries/touches a game split between them becomes a nonissue and they can both ball out.

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