Tony Pollard Continues to Impress in Training Camp

    It's starting to appear that the may have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the position. Rookie averaged almost a thousand yards per season on nearly six yards per carry in college and he's a third-stringer. All-Pro Ezekiel, who is currently in the middle of a as he seeks a new contract, is considered by most as the best in the NFL as far as ball carriers are concerned. Now, it's becoming clear that there's another potential star in the making on the RB with rookie who hasn't stopped turning heads since he stepped on the field.


    The videos above show a touchdown run by Pollard during the Cowboys annual Blue-White scrimmage at . So many of his attributes are displayed in this particular play. He has patience, great vision, the ability to change directions without losing speed and feet that never stop moving. You'd lucky to find a running back with just a couple of these outstanding traits, Pollard gives you that all in one package.

    During last Friday's practice, Pollard showed off an underrated skill that's vital to becoming a complete running back, pass blocking. Hall of Famer was one of the best blocking running backs in NFL . is probably the best amongst active running backs. Pollard demonstrated on this particular play that he's willing to get physical and does a nice job on who was applying pressure to . Seeing as Pollard will be in on a lot of third downs when he sees the field, which could mean a lot of passing plays depending on the flow of the game, it's encouraging to know Dak Prescott has a reliable extra pass blocker with the rookie on the field.

    Pollard has impressed Prescott quite a bit during that last week as training camp commenced in , Ca. Giving the diamond in the rough some high-level praise when asked what he's seen so far.

    “When we’re in the , we’re in the offensive units, we’re in the team meetings and Coach calls him out on his responsibility, without a hesitation he’s getting it right,” Prescott said. “That’s what you want to see from a young guy. That’s what the players and coaches want to see, and he’s been delivering.”

    “One of the most exciting players to me of this training camp.”

    Even the boss, Cowboys Owner is pleased with what he's seen from the fourth-round pick out of Memphis thus far. Echoing his 's thoughts with these of his own.

    “Pollard really showed the ability to plant quick, plant his feet and his quick feet,” Jerry Jones said after the Blue-White scrimmage. “He is obviously about as smooth an athlete and certainly a running back. You saw the flexibility.”

    “If he continues to get better and better and better, which he’s got to, I think you are going to see a guy who plays early for the Cowboys.”

    Pollard was mainly a backup during his days as a Memphis Tiger and he made every play count. He rushed for nearly a thousand yards on 6.8 yards per attempt. When lined up at receiver, he caught 104 passes for 1,292 yards. The most eye-opening stat to me is the 9.2 yards per touch he averaged on the collegiate level, basically a first down every time the ball was in his hands. The Cowboys have a backup running back with an all-around skill set that is comparable to their all-pro starter. As he continues to impress the organization is looking smarter and smarter with this draft pick.

    Matthew Lenix
    Matthew Lenix
    I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.


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