DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys kicked off OTAs earlier this week, setting the early stages for the 2022 NFL season. To no surprise, there are already multiple storylines coming out of practice.
From Dak Prescott claiming he feels as good as ever to Mike McCarthy entering season three, there is a lot to talk about.
With all the topics surrounding the team, one of the more interesting storylines to follow is on offense.
Dallas struggled to run the ball last season. Whether due to a banged up Ezekiel Elliott or the offensive line regressing, the Cowboys failed to set the tone in the ground game.
That brings us to Cowboys running back Tony Pollard.
Cowboys increasing role for Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard is one of the most dangerous offensive weapons on the Cowboys. His ability to impact a game running or catching the football is evident. He adds another dynamic when Dallas has possession.
For whatever reason, Pollard has yet to have a consistent role with the Cowboys. He will have big flashes in some games — such as versus the Chargers and Saints — but be a non-factor in others.
Fortunately, it appears that the Dallas Cowboys are committed to expanding Pollard’s role and utilizing him more within the offense. At least, that’s what the tea leaves are reading early in OTAs.
The increased use plan of Tony Pollard is in full effect in Cowboys OTAs. They opened team drills with Pollard on the field with Ezekiel Elliott and Pollard lined up in the slot.#DallasCowboys— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) May 25, 2022
Why getting Pollard more involved is key
The more times that Tony Pollard has the ball, the better. He is an explosive player that makes the Dallas Cowboys offense that much better. His ability to return kicks is another element to his game that makes him such an important part of the team.
Furthermore, increasing Pollard’s usage will go a long way in offsetting the losses of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson. He has proven to be a threat catching the ball and is a player that defenses have grown to respect out of the backfield.
The best way for the #Cowboys to replace Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson in the offense is to use more of Tony Pollard.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) May 24, 2022
Of the 15 games Pollard played last season, he had 10 or fewer touches eight times.
That can't happen again.
Kellen Moore will be tasked with ensuring that Pollard is a big factor of the offense. This includes giving him more carries — which, in turn, would help Ezekiel Elliott stay healthy — and designing plays that get him in space.
Assuming the early reports out of OTAs correlate with the in-season game plans, Tony Pollard looks primed for a big season with the Dallas Cowboys.
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