Jason Garrett calls Cowboys RB Tony Pollard ‘poised’ in preseason loss to Rams
The Dallas Cowboys are still without running back Ezekiel Elliott, but head coach Jason Garrett has been impressed with what he has seen out of rookie Tony Pollard during the preseason.
Pollard had five carries for 42 yards including a 14-yard touchdown and that excited Garrett, especially since he was going against Wade Phillips, a defensive coordinator who prides himself on stopping the run (and Dallas’ former head coach).
“I thought he did a good job running the football,” Garrett said. “When you’re playing against Phillips, he’s going to do everything he can to stop the run on early downs. It was going to be tough sledding for us, but I do think we found some creases there early on. Obviously, the touchdown run was big for us.”
As impressed as Garrett was with the performance, he was even more impressed with the poise he has shown during training camp and the first two preseason games.
“Tony is very poised,” said Garrett, who enters the final year of his contract with no guarantee that he’ll get another. “He plays with maturity beyond his years and we’re only a couple of preseason games into it and not a lot of plays into.”
The team still wants Elliott to come back as quickly as possible, but based on the comments, it seems that the team is very comfortable with what they have. Replacing Elliott might not be possible, but Pollard should help make up at least some of the production lost with him gone.