Cowboys Center Tyler Biadasz Talks Blocking for Ezekiel Elliott and Jonathan Taylor

Although Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz still isn’t old enough to meet the minimum age requirement to legally rent a car, he’s at least mastered blocking for NFL stars Jonathan Taylor and Ezekiel Elliott.

Before reaching the NFL, Biadasz first paved holes for Taylor, the Indianapolis Colts’ All-Pro running back, when both played together at the University of Wisconsin. The 2019 All-American then spent his first two NFL seasons ensuring Elliott, a three-time Pro Bowler, had space to rush through.

In a recent interview with Sportscasting, Biadasz — who, at 24, is only months away from being able to rent a car — discussed how grateful he is to have had the opportunity to block for both running backs.

Tyler Biadasz offered extensive praise for Cowboys teammate Ezekiel Elliott

When the Cowboys used a fourth-round selection on Biadasz in 2020, they envisioned him replacing the recently-retired Travis Frederick as the long-term center. After playing in 12 games and starting four as a rookie, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound center played 98% of Dallas’ offensive snaps last season.

Although Elliott hasn’t resembled his Pro Bowl self in recent years, he has nonetheless rushed for 1,981 yards and 16 touchdowns on 4.1 yards per attempt since the start of the 2020 campaign. He also turned 99 catches into 625 yards and four touchdowns in 32 games.

​​“It’s been amazing,” Biadasz told Sportscasting about playing with Elliott. “He is an awesome, awesome dude. I mean, his vision, his strength, just his grit is one of the things that, as a player, I have never got to actually witness.”

Clearly, there are no lingering issues over their respective college choices. Elliott played for Ohio State, a longtime Big Ten rival of Biadasz’s Wisconsin Badgers.

Biadasz also raved about Jonathan Taylor, his former teammate at Wisconsin

After redshirting in his first college season, Biadasz started all of the Badgers’ next 41 games and earned All-Big Ten honors each season. Taylor, a 2017 signee, rushed for 6,174 yards (the fourth-most in FBS history when he left school) and 50 touchdowns in three years for the Badgers.

Biadasz and Taylor each opted to forego their senior seasons and enter the 2020 NFL Draft together. The Colts traded up to select the explosive running back 41st overall that year.

After rushing for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, Taylor exploded for 1,811 yards and an NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns in 2021. He also hauled in 40 catches, 360 yards, and two touchdowns for a Colts team that narrowly missed the postseason.

Over two years after his most recent game alongside Taylor, Biadasz remains grateful he’s had the opportunity to block for two of the NFL’s most recognizable running backs.

“Zeke’s been one of the best, arguably the best running back in the league in [previous years], so it’s been a blessing to be able to be a part of three years with Jonathan Taylor, and I’ve got two with Zeke now,” Biadasz said. “It’s just a great time.”

Tony Pollard could be the next running back to regularly benefit from Biadasz’s blocking

Although Taylor is the present and the future in Indianapolis, questions continue lingering around what Elliott’s long-term situation is with the Cowboys. The two-time Pro Bowler’s $12.4 million salary is already guaranteed for the 2022 season, and Dallas could elect to move on ahead of the 2023 campaign.

If or when the Cowboys and Elliott part ways, the team could turn to Tony Pollard, a fourth-round selection in 2019, as his successor. Last season, the 24-year-old broke out for 719 yards and two touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry in 15 games, all off the bench.

Pollard is currently slated to become a free agent after the 2022 season. However, he is eligible to sign a contract extension this offseason, and there has been no indication he will not consider trying to stay in Dallas.

If Pollard has any doubts, let Biadasz’s presence and history of blocking for two successful running backs serve as a reminder of what can happen if the Memphis product stays in Texas.

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