‘Easy Does It!’ Tony Pollard Cowboys Camp Update; Who’s Backup RB?

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As they begin camp work here in Oxnard, the Dallas Cowboys have Tony Pollard… and plenty of in-house options.

Dallas Cowboys training camp is underway. The team is expected to make waves this season, but first it must iron out some wrinkles.

Tony Pollard was paving the way to take over as the full-time starter after Ezekiel Elliott’s departure. He updated his status on Wednesday after suffering a leg injury during the playoffs.

It’s just about me and the trainers communicating, being smart, not rushing anything, not going full speed too soon. Just easing back into it.” Pollard told @1053thefan. “At this point, it’s just about me and the trainers communicating, being smart, not rushing anything.”

There is no plan at this time to sign a running back off the free agency market. Whether the Cowboys make a move and sign a running back off the free agency market – which is not the plan at this time – or spot some talent at camp, the team will get a grasp on what they’ve got for the regular season. At a glance, it appears as if Malik Davis could assume the backup running back role, but it’s certainly not a safe position to be in. He backed up Pollard and Elliott last season. He got 38 touches on the ground for a total of 161 yards and one touchdown in his first season.

Davis will face competition from Ronald Jones, Deuce Vaughn, Rico Dowdle, and Hunter Luepke for the backup job.

As a sixth-round pick, Vaughn provides versatility for an offense that could benefit greatly from his presence.

In addition to being a playmaker, Vaughn can work well with space. He’s a great checkdown target for Prescott, who’s trying to reduce turnovers this year.

Vaughn’s size, at 176 pounds, will be an issue, but training camp and preseason will provide the opportunity for him to overcome it.

Of course, there’s a variety of ways the Kansas State product can be beneficial to the squad, as he’s a potential kick return guy and can line up as a fifth receiver in the slot. According to CowboysSI.com, Vaughn is not on the team’s cut list … but that could mean he becomes the No. 3 running back on the team.

The Cowboys will have to address the running back position in training camp and preseason, and if Pollard is injured, it will be crucial.

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Inside Zeke’s Text to Cowboys RB Tony Pollard at Camp

Ezekiel Elliott is such a good teammate that even though he is no longer a member of the team, he is still a good teammate.

Tony Pollard said that Elliott texted the new leader of the running backs room, “that he knows we’ll handle business, take care of everything, and best of luck.

In some ways, Elliott probably still remains a spiritual kind of influence in the Dallas locker room, despite being a big brother to the man who will replace him in 2023.

Although Elliott is viewed as a faded talent, his 12 touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2022 should serve as a reminder of what he can offer a team.

Zeke continues to work out in Frisco, often with his former Cowboys teammates, including best friend Dak Prescott.

As a result of his franchise tagged status, Pollard will receive a guaranteed one-year contract worth $10.1 million from Dallas. After rushing 1,007 yards, catching 39 passes for 371 yards, and scoring 12 touchdowns in 2022, he will be looking to build on his Pro Bowl performance.

It is evident that Elliott’s presence is still felt here at camp, as he laid the foundation for what the Dallas running game is capable of.

“With his situation, not being anywhere, but still checking on us and making sure we’re okay,” Pollard said, adding that, although Zeke is thinking of his buddies, the feeling is mutual. I know (being unemployed) is frustrating for him… But I know he’s a tough guy mentally and physically, so I’m pretty sure he’ll find a way to overcome it.”

 

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