Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Leaving Dallas for Tennessee might seem like a downgrade for Pollard, especially given how bare the Cowboys' depth chart is at running back, but last year showed that more volume doesn't always equate to increased production. Pollard's 2023 was one memorable refutation of the otherwise good general rule that added volume is beneficial for fantasy. He set career highs in carries (252) and targets (67), yet finished with slightly fewer yards and half as many touchdowns as he had on 193 carries and 55 targets the year prior. Keeping Pollard's workload around the 200-carry mark might be the best way to preserve his explosiveness, so sharing the Tennessee backfield with 2023 third-round pick Tyjae Spears isn't necessarily the worst thing. It does create some doubt about the nature of their respective roles, as neither is an obvious fit for goal-line/short-yardage work and both are above average as pass catchers. The Titans seemingly intend to abandon the run-heavy approach of past seasons after hiring former Bengals OC Brian Callahan as head coach and signing WRs Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd to help second-year quarterback Will Levis. They also signed a new center, Lloyd Cushenberry, and drafted OT JC Latham seventh overall, potentially setting up Pollard and Spears with better blocking than Derrick Henry had in his final year with Tennessee. The biggest questions now are how work will be split between the two RBs and whether Levis is good enough to keep the remade offense moving. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $21.75 million contract with the Titans in March of 2024.
Set to sign with Tennessee
RBTennessee Titans
March 11, 2024
Pollard agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Titans on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
With the looming move, it appears as though Derrick Henry will be playing elsewhere in 2024, while Dallas will be in the running back market in free agency and/or the draft. Pollard is now slated to join a backfield that also includes 2023 third-rounder Tyjae Spears, a context that figures to result in some form of an RB timeshare in Tennessee this coming season.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Tony Pollard's 2023 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 %
14.7%
 
Positive Run %
82.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.1%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.6
 
Rushing TD %
2.4%
 
Touches Per Game
18.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
11.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.1%
 
Drop Rate
6.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.0
 
% Targeted On Route
16.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.78
 
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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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Latest Fantasy Rumors
'Interchangeable' with Spears
RBTennessee Titans
April 11, 2024
New Titans offensive coordinator Nick Holz said Wednesday he agrees with the assessment that Pollard and Tyjae Spears are "interchangeable" out of the backfield, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While that might not exactly be welcome news on the surface from a fantasy perspective, Holz explains he's referencing the fact both players are very well-rounded backs with similar skill sets that will help prevent defenses from guessing what plays will be run when either is in the game. A shared backfield could well be the best fit for Pollard anyhow, considering he was less effective and explosive in a lead-back role with the Cowboys in 2023 than he had been while previously sharing that backfield with Ezekiel Elliott.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pollard played as the 1B to Ezekiel Elliott for most of the last two years, but Elliott is gone and Ronald Jones is not a convincing 1:1 replacement. If Jones and Malik Davis are the next two runners on the Dallas depth chart then it would almost necessarily require an increased workload from Pollard, whose 193 carries, 55 targets and 543 snaps in 2022 were all career highs. With that said, Pollard probably can't pick up more than a little of Elliott's previous workload. At under 210 pounds and built somewhat thin at 6-feet tall, Pollard may not have the frame for big-time carry volume and has never previously been tasked with that type of role for more than a week or two at a time (dating back to high school). It might be best for his efficiency and durability to use him more like Alvin Kamara – a 12-carry, five-catch sort of back rather than the 20-carry, three-catch sort that Elliott was – but what's clear in the meantime is that Pollard should have good efficiency with whatever level of usage he sees. He has seemingly turned a corner as a receiver, producing around or above 7.0 yards per target the last two years after hovering around 5.0 YPT his first two seasons, and at all points in his career Pollard has been explosive as a runner.
In his third NFL season, Pollard topped 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time as his workload increased without negatively impacting his per-touch efficiency. The Memphis product is a big- play threat, showing elite burst and speed and above-average receiving skills, and despite being slightly undersized he's proven he can gain yards between the tackles. Along with Seattle's Rashaad Penny, Pollard was one of only two backs in the league last year to finish top five in both yards before contact per carry and yards after contact per carry, demonstrating he didn't always need help from his offensive line to make an impact. That's probably a good thing, as the Cowboys added new starters at left guard and right tackle this offseason to a unit that has seen better days (though it still has Tyron Smith at LT and Zack Martin at RG). Ezekiel Elliott remains the starter, with his contract guaranteed through this year, but he already appears on the downside of his career at 26. Pollard is on the final year of his rookie deal, and another big year on a per-touch basis — perhaps with another bump in volume as well — should line him up for a big payday next offseason.
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.
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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Headed for free agency
RBDallas Cowboys
February 26, 2024
The Cowboys aren't expected to use the franchise tag on Pollard and likely will allow him to test free agency, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Finds end zone in loss to Packers
RBDallas Cowboys
January 14, 2024
Pollard carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught seven of nine targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 48-32 wild-card loss to Green Bay.
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Big finish to regular season
RBDallas Cowboys
January 7, 2024
Pollard carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Commanders.
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Minimal production on 17 touches
RBDallas Cowboys
December 30, 2023
Pollard rushed the ball 16 times for 49 yards in Saturday's 20-19 win over the Lions. He added one reception on three targets for zero yards.
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Struggles despite improved health
RBDallas Cowboys
December 24, 2023
Pollard rushed 12 times for 38 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 22-20 loss to the Dolphins.
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