We are a few week into coaching camp and there are still numerous unanswered questions for the Dallas Cowboys. One of the largest ones is how they’ll finest utilize Tony Pollard’s versatile ability set as each a runner and receiver in what could possibly be his final season with the group in 2022?
Many followers round Cowboys Nation have been screaming from the rooftop, or extra appropriately most likely into their pillows, attempting to persuade the Cowboys brass to considerably enhance Tony Pollard’s workload. Much to their dismay, these cries have landed on deaf ears.
There was hope with the commerce of Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, the departure of Cedrick Wilson through free company to the Miami Dolphins, and the unknown timetable of when Michael Gallup will return to the beginning lineup, that Tony Pollard’s utilization would enhance in 2022. So far it’s regarded a lot of the identical early on in coaching camp.
Maybe the Cowboys are taking part in issues shut to the vest in these early practices or perhaps they’ll stick to the tried and true technique of a heavy dose of Ezekiel Elliott with a bit sprinkle of Tony Pollard right here there. Your guess is nearly as good as any. But, like they are saying, hope springs everlasting.
While a overwhelming majority of Cowboys followers, and outsiders alike, await to see how Tony Pollard will probably be utilized this season, it still stays the final thriller proper now. It doesn’t even sound as if Jerry Jones actually is aware of how to finest utilize No. 20 than anybody else does. At least, that’s in the event you select to learn between the traces of a few of his current feedback.
Jerry Jones on @nflnetwork: Ezekiel Elliott “has to be our featured (back). And he is our featured (back). We can feature him in a lot of different ways. It’s critical that we make Zeke really the focus of what we’re doing. Now, there is (also) plenty of room for (Tony) Pollard.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 30, 2022
Okay, in accordance to Jerry Jones, Ezekiel Elliott will proceed to be the Dallas Cowboys featured again. Not solely that, however they plan on that includes him in numerous other ways. So, in the event you’re studying between the traces right here it doesn’t sound as if a lot has modified from the means the Cowboys have used Zeke in the previous.
Now, what precisely does that imply for Tony Pollard? Well, it seems that his position hasn’t modified a lot, if any. He will as soon as once more mess around 30% of the offensive snaps with Zeke taking part in round 65%, give or take, like they’ve achieved the previous couple of years. What’s left over will go to whichever different RBs they determine to use as backups.
If that doesn’t damper the hopes Tony Pollard will play extra of a flexible/distinguished position inside the Cowboys offense in 2022, what Jerry Jones says when straight requested about No. 20’s utilization definitely will.
Asked for RB Tony Pollard’s best utilization in 2022, Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones: “I’d like to see him do anything that we’re going to do with (WR KaVontae Turpin). I’d like to see him do all of that. …We just need to get him in creative situations but get the ball, get the touches.” pic.twitter.com/kWfuaZfuRL
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 31, 2022
Sometimes ciphering what Jerry Jones is definitely saying to what he means to say is a bit tough. This is definitely one in every of the conditions. When attempting to describe how to finest utilize Tony Pollard Mr. Jones appears to be a bit tongue-tied.
First off, it’s encouraging to hear him say they need to get Pollard touches and get him the ball in artistic conditions. But, him mentioning TP in the identical breath as KaVontae Turpin, who hasn’t been with the workforce a complete week but, is a bit complicated to say the least.
Jerry Jones makes it sound as if Turpin’s position will probably be that of a flexible playmaker in each the operating and passing sport. That’s the identical kind of position we’ve needed to see Pollard in since the Cowboys drafted him in the fourth spherical in 2019.
So, based mostly on all the pieces Jerry Jones has mentioned it definitely doesn’t look as if the Cowboys actually know how to finest utilize Tony Pollard or how to faucet into his versatility. Instead, it’s wanting as in the event that they’ll stick to what they know by that includes Zeke and mixing Pollard in right here and there as wanted, whereas additionally sprinkling in a bit little bit of KaVontae Turpin.
While there are still loads of time for issues to change with just a few weeks of coaching camp and preseason still remaining earlier than the 2022 season opener will get underway, we might want to begin tempering their expectations of seeing Tony Pollard in an expanded position. At least that appears to be the case in case you are studying between the traces of Jerry speak.