2. Tony Pollard needs to be extended
Perhaps the most electric player on offense, Tony Pollard really broke out this year as the Cowboys’ primary running back. In 16 games, Pollard had over 1000 yards rushing and almost 400 yards receiving.
What is most impressive about Pollard is that he was able to be almost as efficient as last season with over 60 more carries and a much higher usage rate. Despite the many more touches, he still stayed above five yards per carry, which ranks as one of the highest in the league with at least 100 carries.
The front office finally seemed willing to turn to Pollard to become the lead back, and it paid off big time. He gave a different dimension to this offense a played a pivotal role in its success. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott found a lot of success as the goal line back as well.
I understand people will be hesitant to give another running back a second contract, but with Elliott’s contract potentially coming off the books after the season, they have the money to do it. Even if they can franchise tag him, they would certainly miss his explosiveness next year.