Cowboys midseason stock report: Jalen Tolbert missing in action after 8 games

Jaleb Tolbert, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Jaleb Tolbert, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /
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At 6-2 following a win over the Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed a bye week and are starting to prepare for the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. In order to get to their impressive record, Dallas had to lean on several role players, including backup quarterback Cooper Rush.

Those who have stepped up have seen their stock increase but there are also some who have trended in the wrong direction. Here, we look at which players have seen their stock rise and fall at the midseason point, starting with some players with minimal movement, and working our way toward those who have completely changed the narrative surrounding them.

Dallas Cowboys midseason stock report after the bye week

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys, (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

Stock Slightly Up: Tony Pollard, Running Back

In Week 8, Tony Pollard had what many called a breakout game as he had 131 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Because of this, his stock around the league is at an all-time high. However, his stock within this fan base has only slightly increased.

This is because we have all seen Pollard put up solid numbers when given the chance. His play against the Bears shocked no one who follows this team, just as it won’t shock us when they inexplicably relegate him to a backup role when Ezekiel Elliott is back.

Through eight games this year, Pollard has 506 yards and five touchdowns. He’s on pace for 1,000 yards and 10 scores but probably won’t get there as this staff will continue to ‘Feed Zeke’ because that’s what Jerry Jones wants them to do.

Still, those who support the team know who the lead dog should be, but it’s good to see him starting to prove it more often.

Stock Slightly Down: CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver

Just as no one other than Jerry and Stephen Jones think Elliott is better than Pollard, no one other than Jerry and Stephen Jones thought trading Amari Cooper made any sense at all. In doing so, they were banking on CeeDee Lamb taking over as the No. 1 guy, and to be fair, he has the talent to do so.

However, as of the bye week, Lamb has yet to cross the 100-yard mark in a single game and has just three touchdown receptions. Overall, he has decent numbers with 42 catches for 556 yards but doesn’t take over the game the way Cooper could. For that reason, he’s seen his stock fall slightly.