Cowboys see key role for rookie RB Tony Pollard in keeping Ezekiel Elliott fresh

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FRISCO, Texas – Ezekiel Elliott has led the league in rushing yards per game each of his three years with the Dallas Cowboys.

Last season, he piled 304 rushes atop 77 catches to amass 2,001 yards from scrimmage.

The Cowboys picked up Elliott’s fifth-year option for 2020 this month and speak openly about their long-term commitment to him.

Still, Dallas drafted Memphis running back Tony Pollard in the fourth round, 128th overall.

The reasoning?

“We understand what Zeke is to our football team and to our organization to our success,” running backs coach Gary Brown said Friday. “It’s important for us as an organization to maximize his ability to go out and help us win championships. The way to do that is take a little bit off him.”

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