DALLAS – For as good as the Dallas Cowboys offense is, there are ways for the unit to be better in 2022. Getting running back Tony Pollard more involved in the offense is a great start for that to happen.
Fortunately, it appears that the Cowboys have plans to expand Pollard’s role in the offense. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that Dallas plans to use Pollard in the backfield and as a slot receiver next season.
“The coaching staff explicitly told (Pollard) after the season that they planned to give him a larger role in the offense in 2022,” Clarence Hill wrote on Monday. “This offseason, they have incorporated him in the schemes.”
The rising fourth-year back adds a dimension as a rusher and as a receiver. Therefore, it makes a ton of sense to utilize his skill set in as many ways as possible. That is especially true since Pollard played significant snaps at receiver while in college at Memphis.
“I’m open to anything just being on the field, being able to make the most of my opportunities,” Pollard said, via The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If I have to line up in the slot a little more, whatever it takes, I’m ready to do it.”
Why Pollard needs to be more involved
It is smart for the Cowboys to get the most out of Tony Pollard next season for multiple reasons.
For one, Pollard is entering the final season of his rookie deal. There is no guarantee that the Cowboys will look to re-sign him next offseason, so this could be the last chance that the team gets to use his talents.
Secondly, and more importantly, the Cowboys have to account for the losses of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson. Both receivers played big roles in the offense last season, and neither is on the roster for 2022. Cooper was traded to the Browns, while Wilson inked with the Dolphins in free agency.
By using Pollard more in the passing game, the Dallas Cowboys should be more dynamic out of the backfield. Dallas can use packages with Elliott and Pollard on the field together, providing multiple threats that defenses must be prepared for.
The arrow is pointing up for Tony Pollard, who set career-bests in rushing yards, receptions, and receiving yards last season. It is a very positive sign that the Cowboys are looking to expand his role more ahead of next season.
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