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Tony has a new role as slot receiver

The Dallas Cowboys have good running backs but they apparently plan to get both of them on the field at the same time. They dabbled with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard playing together in the past

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Two Cowboys running backs are among the league’s best. And they hope to have them both play at the same time.

It was experimented with in the past, but the pairing of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard never stuck. It’s possible this year, with Pollard playing the slot receiver position as well.

Pollard has been working closely with offensive assistant Kyle Valero to master Pollard’s new alternate role, as Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News explains.

According to Pollard, as reported by Gehlken, “just stuff like route-running, going in and out of breaks, why we’re running particular plays, and what’s the logic behind them.” To better understand the larger picture, we’re diving into the specifics of why we’re doing certain actions. It’s proof of how hard I’ve worked.

Kellen Moore, the offense’s OC, has made it plain that Pollard will get increased playing time next year.

Moore, quoted by Gehlken, said of him, “He’s a person that we want to get the ball to.” When given the chance, he always makes the most of it. So, the running back position is OK, especially because he and Zeke can share the load. I believe the more we broaden those responsibilities, the more opportunities we’ll have to get out there and get touches. But then it’s another opportunity for him to develop that role and play in some different positions, out in space and some of the things that obviously he’s capable of doing.

As wonderful as it is for Pollard, it’s much better for the Cowboys (who are a touch light at receiver with James Washington injured). He’ll make $969,000 in 2022, the final year of his rookie contract. Pollard needs to prove what he can do and do it often in order to get paid much more by the Cowboys or anyone else.

Despite Elliott’s status as the team’s leading tailback, Pollard will play an even larger role in the coming season.

He unquestionably existed in the year 2021. Combined, Pollard’s rushing and receiving totals of 719 yards (5.5 ypc) and 337 yards (22 receptions) last season are impressive. Potentially a superstar, if he ever becomes the starter in Dallas or anywhere else.

The article Tony Pollard Is Practicing His New Role As A Slot Receiver For Pro Football Talk