Ezekiel Elliott has long been the lone lead running back on the Cowboys' roster. But now, the emergence of third-year rusher Tony Pollard is starting to complicate things in the Dallas backfield.
Through two games so far in 2021, Zeke ranks 25th in the league with just 104 yards rushing. With an impressive 109-yard, one-touchdown performance in a win over the Chargers earlier this weekend, Pollard has overtaken his three-time Pro Bowler teammate with 123 rushing yards on the year.
While many view this second-string overtaking as an issue for Zeke and the Cowboys, longtime owner Jerry Jones views it as an "outstanding situation."
"I see it as a great asset to this team," Jones said during an appearance with
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on Cowboys running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard: “I see it as a great asset to this team. You don’t have an issue. Both of the players are outstanding out of the backfield. We really have an outstanding situation here.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 21, 2021
">105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "You don’t have an issue. Both of the players are outstanding out of the backfield. We really have an outstanding situation here.”
Elliott is coming off the least productive season of his career in 2020, logging career-lows in rushing yards (979) and rushing touchdowns (6) through 15 games. Pollard is already well on his way to shattering his career-highs after notching 435 yards and four touchdowns this past season.
As a smaller and more agile back, Pollard has proven his ability to bust out for more explosive gains than his power-back teammate.
Elliott acknowledged this after the former fourth-round pick's outstanding game on Sunday.
"T.P., he ran his tail off today," Elliott said after the 20-17 win, per Sports Illustrated. "He's a great back, all-around, can catch it and run it. He's smaller but he runs hard, breaks a lot of tackles. He had a hell of a day. I'm proud of him."
Now 1-1 on the season, the Cowboys and their two-headed monster backfield will take face off against the Eagles next Monday night.