We are underway for the 2022 Dallas Cowboys season. Today marks the first official day of Training Camp, with press conferences. Starting with Jerry and Stephen Jones, as well as Mike McCarthy.
During their opening remarks for camp, they were asked a myriad of questions. All surrounding the off-season, players, salary cap, future of the team, etc.
An interesting note was when speaking about new WR1 CeeDee Lamb and his uses. It turned into a conversation regarding the use of the Cowboys RB2 Tony Pollard.
Steve Jones referred Tony Pollard & how he’s being used, w/ the potential smaller depth in the WR room.— Shane Carter (@ShaneCarterTx) July 26, 2022
The reason this is eye opening is how the roster looks like it will be shaped, and how this could potentially change.
While the Dallas Cowboys traditionally keep around three RBs and 5-6 WRs, the number of roles Lamb will play, and extended use of Pollard is likely to shift the roster.
Presumably, Pollard will be used in the backfield, and even take snaps in the slot. Given the depth behind Lamb, including Gallup’s rehab, it will raise questions on how many WR’s the Cowboys will actually need to keep on the active roster.
The Cowboys will have competition for their third RB and fourth WR spots. With Pollard able to play both positions, and Lamb being used in the X, Z and slot receiver roles, it might open up the roster beyond the perceived expectations.
Could the Cowboys keep FB Ryan Nall and an extra tailback like Rico Dowdle or Malik Davis? How many receivers are worthy of a rosters spot behind Lamb, Gallup, Tolbert and Washington? Even with Gallup to possibly start the season on the PUP list.
It is only a small hint, but it raises a bigger point about the Cowboys use with position flexibility. Lamb and Pollard are not only the team’s best play-makers, but their abilities to fill a number of spots seem like they’ll open the roster to other options.
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