Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Dallas Cowboys
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into his third NFL campaign, Pollard remains at the top of the 'What If?" list among running backs. As the backup to a workhorse like Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard's only chances for big performances come when Zeke is banged up or the Cowboys are blowing out the opposition, and there were no such opportunities in the latter category in 2020. Pollard did start Week 15 against the 49ers with Elliott on the sidelines though, and he turned just 18 touches into 132 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. The Memphis product has breakaway speed in the open field while flashing the toughness and burst necessary to gain yards between the tackles. He's also proven to be more than adequate as a pass catcher, and while he came into the league as a liability in pass protection, Pollard has shown enough improvement in that area to earn the trust of the coaching staff and see some work on third downs. Elliott's massive contract, and accompanying cap hit, probably lock him into the top spot on the depth chart through 2022. Barring a serious injury to Elliott, Pollard may have to make do with single-digit touches most weeks, despite his clear upside should he ever secure the lead role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.19 million contract with the Cowboys in May of 2019.
Six touches in wild-card loss
RBDallas Cowboys
January 16, 2022
Pollard carried the ball four times for 14 yards and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round.
ANALYSIS
The running back didn't see much action on offense, and Pollard's biggest contribution came on kickoffs, as he gained 50 yards on two returns. The third-year Memphis product put together his best season yet in the NFL, racking up 1,056 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns over 15 games while working behind Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas backfield. Pollard's 5.5 yards per carry put Elliott's 4.2 mark to shame, but with the starter still carrying a dead cap hit of over $30 million on his contract in 2022, Pollard's role doesn't seem likely to increase next year unless Zeke suffers a significant injury.
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How do Tony Pollard's 2021 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
10.8%
 
Positive Run %
90.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
1.5%
 
Touches Per Game
11.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
48.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
7.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
84.8%
 
Drop Rate
6.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.3
 
% Targeted On Route
27.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
2.03
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Tony Pollard
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11 days ago
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NFL Playoff Rankings: By-Position Cheat Sheet
14 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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.
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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Fully practices Wednesday
RBDallas Cowboys
January 12, 2022
Pollard (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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On pace to practice Wednesday
RBDallas Cowboys
Foot
January 11, 2022
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he thinks Pollard (foot) will practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Downgraded to out
RBDallas Cowboys
Foot
January 7, 2022
Pollard (foot) will not play Saturday against the Eagles, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable for Saturday
RBDallas Cowboys
Foot
January 6, 2022
Pollard (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Another limited showing
RBDallas Cowboys
Foot
January 5, 2022
Pollard (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
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