- August 23, 2019 at 11:31 am #112648Shawn ChildsParticipant
The standoff with the Ezekiel Elliott signing with heat up over the final two weeks in August. Ezekiel is under contract for the next two years, but he’s only owed $3.8 million in guaranteed money for 2019. His base salary is just over $9 million in 2020, but one injury this year could lead to a cap causality if released by next June. Dallas needs him to win. Yes, they added an intriguing back in the 2019 draft (Tony Pollard), but Dallas is positioned to win this year. They need Elliott on the field, and I expect his contract to be finalized before the start of the season.
Fantasy owners have moved up Tony Pollard in drafts in mid-August, which is helped by the Cowboys suggesting that he could carry the full workload if Ezekiel Elliott does holdout. The biggest challenge in this dilemma is pass protection. If/when Pollard blows one assignment to pick up a blitz that leads to Dak Prescott getting lit up, the Cowboys will know they need their top RB back in the fold. Pollard flew under the radar in Fantasy drafts in July while Fantasy owners buy the name instead of the scouting report. Here’s my take on him in researching the 2019 NFL Draft:
Depth at running back for Dallas came in the fourth round with Tony Pollard. He’ll instantly improve the return game. His route running is trailing with questionable value if given an every-down opportunity. His playmaking skills may lead to a couple of plays run for him each game. At best, a change of pace player with more development needed to make an impact.
Amari Cooper landed on the injury report in mid-August with a foot issue, which had plantar fascia tied to it. The Cowboys have classified his injury as a minor heel issue. A Fantasy owner needs to pay close attention to this as it could develop into a season-long problem if it doesn’t clear up quickly.
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