Cowboys beat reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor said, "The Cowboys, I think, want Tony Pollard to be exactly what Tavon Austin was for the Rams in 2015. That year, he had 104 touches -- 52 receptions and 52 carries -- for 907 yards and nine touchdowns. That's 6.5 touches per game.
JJT added that's a doable number with Ezekiel Elliott still getting his touches, assuming he and the team come to terms on a contract. JJT feels the Cowboys need some big-play juice and that Pollard can give that as a complementary player. We've seen speculation that Pollard can stand on his own in certain PPR leagues and this would certainly indicate that.
DAL RB Tavon Austin - 2018 Fantasy Football Outlook
A change of scenery might motivate Tavon Austin, who was traded from the Rams to the Cowboys in the offseason. Austin has been especially active in the passing game, twice eclipsing the 50 reception mark in his career. Dallas brought him in for a reasonhasso you have to think he will receive an opportunity.
Austin did have a career-high in carries last season but he only ran the ball 59 times. For a former first-round pick, Austin's numbers have been disappointing unless you had him in PPR leagues back in 2015 and 2016. It's still a mystery as to how the Cowboys will use him in the offense.
2018 Bottom Line
Austin most likely will be the third running back on the depth chart in Dallas. He has gone late in some drafts but the numbers don't really justify it. His role in Dallas in undecided, but Rod Smith would be a better Cowboy running back to have as depth on your roster.