Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys runningback, proved to be a solid backup and No.2 behind Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott. He’s working to get a bigger role on the team.
Pollard spoke with Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News. He revealed that he tried out as a slot receiver. He has been learning the ropes of route running, breaks, and specific plays with Kyle Valero, his offensive assistant.
“Just details like route-running, getting in and out of breaks, why we’re running certain plays and what’s the meaning behind them,” Pollard said. “We’re getting into the depth of why we’re doing the things that we’re doing, so it will make more sense in the big picture… It just shows the hard work that I’ve put in.”
The Cowboys have attempted to get Elliott and Pollard on the field together before. The Cowboys tried to put them in the backfield together last year to make big plays.
Cowboys want to get Tony Pollard more involved. That’s not just lip service. Offensive assistant Kyle Valero is his private tutor, developing him as a slot receiver to get him and Ezekiel Elliott on the field more at same time. “Whatever they ask from me.” https://t.co/sHbhDqA5MF
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 11, 2022
Tony Pollard had a great season and the Cowboys offense achieved a record year. Pollard ended the season with 719 yards rushing and an average of 5.5 yards per play. He also had more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage.
Dallas’ offense was first in the NFL in points and yards for the first time since 1950. They also won the NFC East title, going 12-5. Tony Pollard will play a larger role in the Cowboys offense next year.