We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 2, running backs.
Not many teams have a powerful running back tandem such as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Not only did the Dallas Cowboys use a high pick to secure Elliott's services back in 2016 - and he paid them back beautiful right from the start - but they also found a gem with Pollard in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. With Pollard approaching free agency and teams lining up to bid for his talents, this might be the final year where Dallas enjoys these two talented backs together.
It's clear that, while there's a huge gap salary-wise and even prestige-wise, these two guys are better when they're together. Pollard took away a lot of pressure from Elliott's shoulders, and Zeke surely enjoyed a breather during some of the games. They both surpassed the 1.000-yard scrimmage mark last season and they're prone to do the same thing in 2022.
While the Cowboys officially list eight running backs on the roster, only three will remain on the 53-man list as August nears. JaQuan Hardy is one of the favorites for the RB3 job: not only did he see game action as a running back last season but he also provides value as a kick returner. The bottom guys on the roster have to provide value on special teams as well and Hardy does it.
Running back room grade: 5/5. Elliott and Pollard form one of the best duos in the NFL.