RB Tony Pollard - Dallas Cowboys
|6-0, 210||Born: 4-30-1997||College: Memphis||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2019|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Tony Pollard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs WAS (14 / 60 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Pollard was held in check with his early-game playing time against Washington before springing to life as the game was well in hand late. Pollard collected much of the snaps in the fourth quarter, including showing quality burst to the outside for 10 yards and a collected of other solid runs. Pollard is one of the highest upside backups in the NFL who did not benefit from an Ezekiel Elliott injury all season and likely to return to a similar role in 2020.
2019 Week 16 vs PHI (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Pollard barely saw the field against the Eagles and was stuffed on both of his carries, including losing a fumble on the second attempt. Ezekiel Elliott dominated snaps after Pollard's fumble in the road loss to the Eagles.
2019 Week 15 vs LAR (12 / 131 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
For the first time since Week 3, Pollard saw extended playing time as the rookie mopped up production in Dallas' blowout home win over the Rams. Pollard was the primary back as the second half progressed with 14 total touches, including breaking a tackle on multiple touches, including a long touchdown to ice the game with speed to the end zone. Pollard remains one of the highest upside backup running backs in the NFL if Ezekiel Elliott were to miss time with garbage time, like this week, offer a golden opportunity to flash with consistent touches.
2019 Week 13 vs BUF (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Pollard sparsely played against Buffalo, seeing just three touches. Pollard had one notable run, moving the pile inside for five years early in the game, but did not impact the game otherwise. Pollard one game of more than 30 yards on the ground, Dallas' blowout win over Miami back in Week 3.
2019 Week 12 vs NE (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Pollard saw his most touches in a game in more than a month against the Patriots. At his best, Pollard used his speed to get to the edge on two chunk runs. In the passing game, however, Pollard was stuffed on a red zone screen pass and dropped another red zone target. While possessing a receiving-centric profile exiting college, Pollard has been used sparingly as a receiver as a rookie with 12 catches in 11 games.
2019 Week 11 vs DET (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Pollard flashed with big plays for the first time since his Week 3 explosion for 128 yards. Pollard showed his speed for more than 10 yards on a jet sweep and a nice cutback on another run. Pollard came wide open on a reception, breaking a tackle on his way for a chunk touchdown. Pollard also added a two-point conversion and quality kickoff return against the Lions to round out his contributions. Pollard has massive upside if pressed into the starting role in Ezekiel Elliott should miss time.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Pollard had an up-and-down game as he spelled Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants. Pollard was fueled by good blocking on his biggest run of the game up the middle and exhibited a strong stiff arm to the perimeter on another occasion. Dallas set up a potential big play with a Pollard screen, but the rookie had an ugly drop to thwart the opportunity. Outside of the Week 8 Miami game, Pollard has seen low volume as the ancillary back in Dallas.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (13 / 103 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Pollard had a career day against Miami as Dallas coasted to the comfortable win in the second half. Pollard eased the workload of Ezekiel Elliott in the process, who still received more than 20 touches, as Pollard collected 128 total yards and 16 touches. Pollard, like Elliott, benefitted from a Dallas offensive line which manhandled Miami's defensive front in the run game for much of the contest. Pollard's production mostly came in the second half, including a featured drive which culminated with a Pollard touchdown, the first of his young career. Pollard's best features are his burst and full speed cuts, on display with three of his best touches, all going for more than 10 yards. Pollard was an elite receiver in college, but has yet to be featured much for Dallas with four targets in three games.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Pollard did not see an offensive touch against Washington until the second half as starter Ezekiel Elliott was up to his typical workload in Week 2. Pollard's highlight run, showing nice burst down to the goal line and then plunging in for a short-range score, was called back by penalty. Pollard is the clear backup to Elliott and could be poised for a decent workload in Week 3 against the struggling Dolphins.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (13 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Pollard saw extended work in his NFL debut with Ezekiel Elliot on a managed workload (and not needed much) in the win over the Giants. Pollard saw minimal success on the ground, looking far more pedestrian than his preseason flashes over the past month. Pollard was not targeted in the passing game, a forte of his by the college profile, as Dak Prescott diced the Giants to wide receivers and tight ends. On the positive side, Pollard was the clear (as expected) backup to Ezekiel Elliott. There could be mop-up duty again in Week 2 against Washington for Pollard to see double-digit touches.
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