Tony Pollard is the best running back on the Dallas Cowboys. It’s that simple. There is no need to overthink that any longer.
Pollard has flourished in the starting running back role over the last two games. He has played extremely well in Ezekiel Elliott’s absence, showcasing his ability to be an every down back in the process.
He rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in the win over the Chicago Bears. Then, Tony Pollard ran the rock 22 times for the Cowboys — a career-high — for 115 yards and a score versus the Green Bay Packers. He averaged more than five yards per carry and the offense scored 28 points.
It’s time for the Cowboys to hand the keys over to Pollard permanently moving forward. It does not have to be more difficult than that.
Pollard is RB1 for Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have an explosive, dynamic weapon in their backfield. A player that has shown the ability to run between the tackles and turn the corner on any given play.
Tony Pollard is an electric player that puts stresses on defenses. That is why it makes a ton of sense to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He has shown to be effective running the football, catching the football, and even in the return game.
Pollard’s slim build and lack of usage led to the label that he couldn’t carry the load by himself. However, that has been proven to not be true. He can do that just fine and be the lead back of a strong offense.
In fact, the Cowboys have gotten a ton of production at running back when Elliott misses time. Tony Pollard is averaging 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns per game when he starts in the backfield for Dallas.
Tony Pollard in three career starts with Zeke out:— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 14, 2022
407 total yards
Pollard is just the better back at this point for the Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliott still needs a role and will be a factor when it’s crunch time. Elliott is elite in pass protection and can wear down defenses late games.
Still, the writing is on the wall. The proof is in the pudding. It is time for the Dallas Cowboys to permanently hand the keys over to Tony Pollard.
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