Tony Pollard is coming after Ezekiel Elliott’s Cowboys RB throne
Ezekiel Elliott is still the top running back for the Dallas Cowboys, but that does not mean he can take that role for granted, especially with Tony Pollard showing some consistency with the limited touches he’s being given.
Pollard made waves in Week 2’s 20-17 road win over the Los Angeles Chargers, even pacing the Cowboys on the ground with 109 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Elliott still had more snaps and had more carries in that game than Pollard, but it’s starting to look like that Dallas’ backfield isn’t just a one-man show by Elliott anymore. Here’s how the snap-share looked like in Week 2 between Pollard and Elliott, per Michael Gehlken.
When Cowboys RB Tony Pollard was on the field Sunday, he probably was touching the football. He played only 21 of offense’s 62 snaps but touched football 16 times (76.2% of his snaps) for 140 yards. RB Ezekiel Elliott had 18 touches on 44 offensive snaps (41%). Both scored.
Elliott wasn’t too shabby himself in the Chargers game, as he had 71 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, but Pollard also got more looks in passing plays than the former Ohio State Buckeyes tailback. Pollard went 3 of 3 for 31 receiving yards, while Elliott recorded 26 receiving yards on two receptions. Pollard has even gotten a look in the red zone as a passing target.
Finding a way to split the snaps for two reliable pass-catching running backs is a good problem for the Cowboys, but it’s a headache for fantasy owners going forward, especially for those who have Elliott on their teams.