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FRISCO http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-zach-allen-jersey , Texas (AP) — Tony Pollard returned kicks and caught passes while growing up admiring Reggie Bush, making it easy to believe the former Memphis running back would be a change-of-pace option behind two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott for the Dallas Cowboys.The rookie fourth-round pick is also 6-foot, 210 pounds, with plans to put on a little more weight. So running between the tackles isn’t something Pollard fears as the Cowboys look to ease the load on a star with 1,003 touches in his first three seasons.“I know people think he’s going to be this gadget guy,” running backs coach Gary Brown said. “He’s more than that. He’s bigger than what you think he is and he runs powerful for a guy you think is a gadget guy. I think he can do all our runs and more, too.”The numbers with Pollard’s hometown Memphis Tigers show why he would get labeled. Besides tying an FBS career record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns, Pollard ran for 552 yards with six TDs while adding 458 yards receiving with three more scores in his final season as a junior.Pollard isn’t concerned about being labeled, and he takes in stride the talk of being nothing more than a backup to begin his pro career.“Change-of-pace back can be however you take it,” Pollard said. “The way I look at it is a guy coming in with a lot of speed being able to make the long home run plays, also being able to run in between some tackles and get some hard yards and being able to make plays on special teams.”Dallas drafted another running back in the seventh round in Mike Weber, who was Elliott’s teammate at Ohio State when he took a redshirt year in 2015. The Cowboys selected two running backs when they already had one of the league’s best because they decided their backup wasn’t good enough.Rod Smith had just 32 carries in the first 15 games before getting 12 while Elliott sat in a meaningless regular-season finale when the Cowboys already had secured the NFC East title. Dallas didn’t bring back Smith and instead made the role of Elliott’s backup a priority in the draft.Elliott’s 304 rushes last season were 18 fewer than he had as a rookie All-Pro in 2016. But his 77 catches in 2018 were a franchise record for a running back. While the two-time Pro Bowler will be just 24 when the season starts, the toll of 300-plus carries and nearly 400 touches is daunting.Dallas’ last experience with such a load was 2014 rushing champion DeMarco Murray, who had 449 touches that year. The Cowboys let him go in free agency after that All-Pro season Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , and Murray retired three years later at age 30 without coming close to the production of his best year.“It’s just physics,” Brown said. “Year after year with that type of workload, eventually, anyone’s going to slow down. We’re trying to pre-empt that and take care of him now.”The Cowboys have a first-year offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore , just two years removed from being the team’s backup quarterback. Moore became star QB Dak Prescott’s position coach immediately upon retiring and now is replacing one of his mentors in Scott Linehan.One of the buzz words for Dallas this offseason is creativity, after Linehan was criticized for lacking it , but the Cowboys are quick to remind how they’re defined. It’s a run-first offense behind Elliott.“I don’t know that I’d use the word ‘limit,'” coach Jason Garrett said when asked about the club’s priority in trying to protect Elliott. “We want to get Zeke Elliott the ball.”Weber’s outlook isn’t as bright as Pollard’s, in part because of what Pollard will offer on special teams. Even though kickoff returns don’t play much of a role with current NFL rules, Pollard figures to get a long look as a punt returner along with veteran Tavon Austin.But Weber will have an important ally in Elliott, who quickly turned stardom at Ohio State into a high profile with America’s Team . Four years ago, Elliott was coming off a dazzling national championship game, helping lead the Buckeyes to the title in the first year of the college playoff.“When I first got to Ohio State, Zeke did a good job of helping with the playbook and showing me the way Phil Haynes Jersey , the works,” Weber said. “I think it’s like the same thing over again. He can help me again.”And maybe Weber, along with Pollard, can help ease the load on Elliott.NOTES: Pollard and the team’s top draft pick, second-rounder Trysten Hill, signed when rookie minicamp opened Friday. Hill is a defensive lineman from Central Florida. Third-rounder Connor McGovern, an offensive lineman from Penn State, is the only unsigned pick. … Larry Allen Jr. is among the undrafted free agents with the Cowboys. He is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen, who spent his first 12 seasons with Dallas. BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Once he found the courage, Kareem Hunt watched the infamous video of him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was on the ground.Like millions of others, he was disturbed.“I was like, ‘Wow, it’s pretty bad. That’s not me Ugo Amadi Jersey ,'” he said, recalling his reaction. “I didn’t really watch the video for a long, long time.”Hunt swears he’s since changed.Given a second chance by his hometown team and the NFL, Hunt spoke Wednesday for the first time since being signed in February by the Browns, who are hoping the 23-year-old has learned from his mistakes and can outrun his violent past.It’s been an embarrassing and humbling five months for Hunt, released in December by Kansas City just days after a surveillance video showed him physically abusing a woman during an argument in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February 2018. He wasn’t forthcoming to the Chiefs about what transpired and paid the price.But Browns general manager John Dorsey, who drafted him in 2017 while GM with the Chiefs, decided Hunt deserved a shot at redemption.Hunt said he’s determined to make the most of it.“I’m just taking it very seriously,” he said. “Like day by day, I’m just making the best decisions at the time and place. And doing everything I can and prevent something like that from happening again.”Hunt said he’s promised Dorsey his violent days are over.“I told him, ‘You can trust me.’ I’ve got to earn his trust, and I’ve got to earn everybody’s trust in the whole organization,” he said. “I’m not willing to mess that up.”Hunt must serve an eight-game league suspension for “physical altercations” before he can play. For now, he’s allowed to practice with his teammates during the Browns’ offseason training activities Dwayne Haskins Jersey , and his time on the field is providing a sanctuary and a place to begin making amends.While he’s remorseful about his past, Hunt knows only his actions going forward will help him earn back trust.He’s keeping a close circle of friends and working in the community by speaking to high school students about making smarter decisions.“It’s very meaningful for them and for me,” he said, “just knowing that I can help them, and talk to these kids about just life. A lot of them have dreams to play football and stuff like that, too, and just giving them positive lift-up. Just always believing in themselves.”Hunt said part of his motivation for speaking was because he didn’t have the same opportunity.“I didn’t really have anybody come talk to me when I was in high school,” he said. “Somebody to look up to and explain that, ‘You know, nobody’s perfect and you gotta learn from your mistakes and don’t make the same mistakes.'”Hunt has been undergoing weekly counseling to help control his behavior. He denied being treated for an alcohol dependency.“Not so much alcohol, but it was just in there a little bit,” he said. “I pretty much just focused on making myself the better person and talking to them about how to control my anger. I’m not an angry person at all, definitely not. I just felt like I had to make better decisions. I want to talk about ways to make better decisions in certain situations I’m put in.”Hunt has not reached out to the victim in the video. If he did, he would ask for her forgiveness.“If I was to see her D.K. Metcalf Jersey , I would apologize to her face,” he said. “But I have not had the chance to do that. I don’t know any ways of contacting her.”As for the Chiefs, who felt betrayed by his dishonesty, Hunt insists he told them what he could before the video showed a different story.“I know I’m not going to mess this up again,” he said. “And the Chiefs, I didn’t really lie. I just told them what I knew at the time, and when the video came out, it was me seeing it too for the first time again, it was so long ago. They felt like I lied to them. That’s all right.”Hunt said a renewed Christian faith has helped him get through this period of his life. He plans to be baptized Sunday.“I’m looking forward, so I can feel reborn,” he said.

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