As the first week of the preseason comes to end, the Dallas Cowboys are getting ready to take on the San Francisco 49ers tonight. With Ezekiel Elliott still holding out for a new contract, the reigning NFC East champions will get a closer look at other running backs on their roster.
It’s certainly possible that Elliott’s holdout lingers into regular season. If that happens it’ll leave the Cowboys no choice but to thrust another tailback into the starting role.
The first running back on the roster to get his chance to shine is Tony Pollard. The former Memphis product was selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Pollard is the likely candidate to start at running back tonight against the 49ers, per Cowboys reporter Calvin Watkins.
Dallas also has former Ohio State running back Mike Weber, but all signs point to Pollard getting the early nod.
All eyes will be on Pollard if he does indeed start the preseason opener.
Cowboys working on 49ers now. From the looks of it Tony Pollard might start on Saturday night.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 8, 2019
Executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke highly of Pollard during training camp when discussing the Cowboys’ offseason additions.
“He’s probably one that has stuck out for me if I were going to pick one,” Jones told The Dallas Morning News.
We’ll get to see what Pollard is made of later when the Cowboys take the field.
Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET from Levi’s Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network.