Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard has clocked two straight impressive preseason performances, racking up 16 yards on only four rushes in the first week, and an impressive 42 rushing yards on only five rushes in the second week. That’s an average of over six yards per carry for Pollard.
Sure, it’s only preseason and Pollard is an unproven rookie, but Jerry Jones sees leverage with that – or at least he wants his star running back Ezekiel Elliot to believe that.
Elliot is a coin flip decision on whether he’ll play in week one of the regular season, as he threatens to hold out over a new contract. So far, the two sides appear to be far apart, although Jones says he believes a deal will happen.
Jones lavished Pollard with praise after his second game, hinting that if Pollard continued playing this way, he would be right in the mix early in the season.
“What’s amazing for him is to come in here and he hadn’t done that much,” Jones said per the Dallas Morning News. “He knows exactly what to do and he knows how to do it. If he goes out there and he plays to that level he’s going to be [at] for the next several weeks, he’s going to be right in the middle of it early. That will really complement what we’re doing with Zeke, not replace that, I mean that, not replace it. Nobody is getting cute here, certainly be a great compliment to have a great running game where I can picture those guys [having] success at the same time out there really giving the defense some fits.”