Ezekiel Elliott has seen his role with the Dallas Cowboys change recently. The days of him toting the rock 25-30 are over, largely because of the ascension of backup running back Tony Pollard who has taken full advantage of his opportunities this season, especially in Elliott’s absence.

Elliott has run for nearly 8,000 yards in his career which includes two rushing titles in his first three seasons. Any running back with those kinds of credentials will develop confidence in their abilities, which is certain to be the case with Elliott. However, when asked if Pollard’s extended role is tough to deal with, he quickly showed the type of teammate he is.

“Not at all,” said Elliott. “I think we all have the same goal, go out there and win football games. … No, no way.”

This proves a few things. Elliott recognizes where he is in his career and that the Cowboys using Pollard more can assist with keeping him healthy which has been a struggle the last few seasons. Also, the Cowboys have done a good job of figuring out how to use Elliott and Pollard and keep them both effective, which they did beautifully against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday when they combined for four touchdowns.

Elliott and Pollard have several other big-time performances as a duo in 2022 as well. They have combined for at least 140 rushing yards three times and the Cowboys have won each game. In those contests, the two-time All-Pro has scored three of his six rushing touchdowns, so his contributions are still high even with larger doses of Pollard.

The ongoing battle within the Cowboys’ fan base about how should start between Elliott and Pollard needs to vanish. Dallas knows how to get the best of Elliott’s physical style and Pollard’s explosiveness, and that combination will need to be well-oiled if the Cowboys want to go far.

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