Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will receive limited snaps, share backfield with Tony Pollard in Week 1
The Dallas Cowboys will officially have Ezekiel Elliott in their starting lineup with the team adding him to the 53-man roster on Saturday. However, in his first action of the season, Elliott will be on a snap-count and will share touches with Tony Pollard per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2019
At the beginning of training camp, Elliott decided to holdout in hopes to secure a long-term deal with the Cowboys. While he remained away from the team, a rookie out of Memphis took his place in the starting offense.
In the preseason, Pollard showcased his upside by rushing for 84 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. He also managed to corral three receptions for 19 yards in his four preseason outings as well.
Then just a few days before Dallas would have to face the New York Giants in Week 1, they were able to agree upon a lucrative contract extension with their All-Pro running back.
Elliott was signed to a six-year, $90 million extension that included $50 million in guaranteed. By putting pen to paper, the Cowboys featured running back became the NFL’s highest-paid running back.
The starting running back returned to the team earlier this week and the team has eased him back into the offense. The Cowboys will be running a semi-different offense with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
While Dallas gradually gets Elliott up to speed with the offense, they will limit his touches on Sunday. Expect to see plenty of work for both Elliott and Pollard in the Cowboys’ rushing attack in Week 1 versus the Giants.