For whatever reason the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff have been somewhat reluctant to get Tony Pollard more involved in the offensive game plan week to week. I believe he’s proven himself worthy of more playing time, but that’s difficult to come by when you’re playing behind someone as talented as Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard’s limited playing time could actually end up coming in handy down the stretch though.
Tony Pollard is arguably the most versatile weapon the Dallas Cowboys have on their roster to date. He’s not just a running back, or a wide receiver, or a return man…he’s a combination of all three. But, for whatever reason he hasn’t been utilized as much as he probably should have. It may be time for that to change.
Tony Pollard’s ability to fill in just about anywhere on offense could prove to be invaluable now that the Dallas Cowboys are getting into the toughest part of their schedule. His fresh legs and health could provide the spark the Cowboys need down the stretch to propel themselves into the playoffs. That’s what I’m hoping anyway.
Just about everywhere you look the Dallas Cowboys are nursing injuries. Nearly all of their offensive lineman are banged up as well as their top wide receiver (Amari Cooper). Unfortunately, it carries over to the defensive side of the ball as well. In fact, they just lost Anthony Brown (torn triceps) for the season.
Now, I don’t expect Tony Pollard to fill in at CB for Anthony Brown, although I do think he has the talent to play the position at a high level. What I would like to see him mixed in more in the receiving and running game from here on out. Hopefully not out of the need though. That would mean someone had succumbed to their injuries.
I don’t know where you stand, but I’d love to see Tony Pollard split out wide a little more in receiving game. His receiving ability was one of his biggest assets coming out of Memphis. I’d also like to see him used in a variety of different ways, with and without Zeke, in the running game. He’s just so dynamic with the ball in his hands it’s a shame nine to see it more.
I’m not going to my breath or anything, but I think we could start to see just how valuable Tony Pollard is this week against the New England Patriots. The Patriots linebackers struggle when they have to cover players 9n space and Pollard is just such a weapon that could give them fits. I’m just hoping the Cowboys coaching staff believes the same.