Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Dallas Cowboys
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Selected in the fourth round of last year's draft, Pollard wasn't expected to be much more than a gadget player while stuck behind Ezekiel Elliott. The rookie quickly proved he could make a big impact when he got the chance, erupting for 128 yards and a touchdown on only 16 touches Week 3 against the Dolphins. He later topped that performance Week 15 against the Rams, piling up 143 yards and a score on 14 touches. Those two games accounted for more than half his rushing yards for the season, however, as he saw six touches or fewer in half of the Cowboys' games. Pollard's blend of speed, elusiveness and surprising power made him tough to bring down, and among backs who got at least 80 carries last season, he led the league with 3.6 yards per carry after contact. He also flashed some ability as a receiver, increasing the ways in which offensive coordinator Kellen Moore could get him involved. As long as Elliott is healthy, Pollard doesn't figure to take many carries, but the second-year pro is at least capable of efficient production when game flow works in his favor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.19 million contract with the Cowboys in May of 2019.
Wraps up inconsistent campaign
RBDallas Cowboys
January 4, 2021
Pollard gained 15 rushing yards on five carries and caught three of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
The second-year back put together a 2020 season much like his rookie campaign, as he showed occasional flashes of his upside -- highlighted by his 132 yards from scrimmage and two TDs in Week 15 -- but he mostly saw limited work behind Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard finished the season with 627 total yards (a slight improvement on 2019) and five total touchdowns. With Elliott still under contract and carrying a sizable cap hit, the backfield depth chart isn't likely to change much in Dallas in 2021, limiting Pollard's fantasy appeal to that of insurance policy.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Tony Pollard's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
17.8%
 
Positive Run %
75.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
69.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
4.0%
 
Touches Per Game
8.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
6.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
10.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.5
 
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8455%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tony Pollard's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
209 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
30.00 in
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Selected in the fourth round out of Memphis, Pollard ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day and has a golden opportunity to win the No. 2 RB job in Dallas given the lack of an established backup behind Ezekiel Elliott, who is holding out for a new contract. Pollard's college resume suggests he's a better fit as a return man and gadget player than a full-time running back, however, and he may be a bigger threat to Tavon Austin's roster spot than a true handcuff for Zeke. Still, if he shows his big-play potential in the preseason, new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore may try to find ways to get the ball in his hands.
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Does little in Sunday's rout
RBDallas Cowboys
December 28, 2020
Pollard carried the ball nine times for 12 yards and caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles.
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Likely back to No. 2 role
RBDallas Cowboys
December 27, 2020
Pollard is expected to serve as the Cowboys' No. 2 running back Sunday against the Eagles with Ezekiel Elliott (calf) set to play after sitting out the Week 15 win over the 49ers, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
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Stars in two-TD effort
RBDallas Cowboys
December 20, 2020
Pollard carried 12 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns while adding six receptions (on nine targets) for 63 yards during Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.
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Set to lead backfield
RBDallas Cowboys
December 20, 2020
Pollard is in line to lead the Cowboys backfield after Ezekiel Elliott was ruled inactive Sunday against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Earns significant workload
RBDallas Cowboys
December 13, 2020
Pollard carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards in Week 14 against the Bengals. He added two receptions for nine yards and a touchdown.
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