The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly toying with the idea of using running back Tony Pollard at wide receiver this season. He has been getting some reps at wideout during OTAs.
Pollard apparently is totally fine if he has to make the change:
Cowboys RB Tony Pollard exploring receiver role at OTAs: "I’m open to anything just being on the field"https://t.co/pea7TsjNkD pic.twitter.com/IZtLSfHVeh
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) June 12, 2022
The Cowboys obviously already have Ezekiel Elliott at running back. However, many Dallas fans were calling for a change at tailback last season. Pollard looked like the far better player for much of the year. He was explosive and created a number of big plays, both rushing and receiving for the Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Elliott failed to eclipse 52 yards rushing in 14 of Dallas' 17 games in 2021. He has been among the league leaders in carries and touches for a number of years now. So, one has to wonder if time has finally caught up to him. But he is still owed more than $50 million on his current contract. So, Dallas seemingly has no other option but to play the former All-Pro.
It makes sense then if they want to move Pollard to wideout. It's the one way he can still get meaningful snaps and touches.
The Dallas Cowboys have been criticized for what is perceived as a subpar offseason. They lost former Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Edge rusher Randy Gregory also left town, heading to the Denver Broncos.
Even their draft was considered to be one of the weaker ones in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders are both coming for the NFC East crown. If Dallas is going to become the first team to win that division back-to-back years since 2003, Pollard likely will need to be a big part of it.