Dallas Cowboys: 3 keys to beating the Carolina Panthers

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Dallas Cowboys: 2. Get Pollard more involved

Running back Tony Pollard has been one of Dallas’ surprises on offense. The former Memphis product has been a key part of the Cowboys so far. Through three games, he has 27 carries for 183 rush yards and a touchdown. He also has eight catches for 65 receiving yards.

Although these numbers seem solid for a backup, Pollard should be playing more than he does.  The 24-year-old running back is averaging 6.8 yards per carry. From the looks of it, the former fourth-round pick has the tools to be a starter in the league. He has the speed, explosiveness and agility to succeed in this league.

However, with running back Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard’s touches will likely always be limited. Even though Elliott appears to be much quicker than he was a season ago, Pollard should still be a big part of this offense. Right now, the third-year starter has only appeared in 32 percent of Dallas’ offensive plays.

The Cowboys should probably bring in both running backs together on many plays. Whether  Pollard lines up in the slot and plays wide receiver or even lines up in the backfield with Elliott, the Tennessee native should be more involved going forward. If the Cowboys can get him more involved in the offense this week, it’s only going to cause the Panthers more confusion on defense.