Bernard Pollard | Baltimore Ravens | DB
2012 Experience: 7th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Bernard Pollard has bounced around the league a little because of his deficiencies in pass protection. While he had to earn a starting job on a one year prove it deal, Pollard took over as the season went on, and because of Ed Reed’s range and a respectable corner back core, Baltimore can afford to have him on the field.
Pollard signed a multi-year deal this offense, and will be the starting safety playing mostly in the box. This makes him a top ten defensive back once again. Pollard will make some big plays and could find his way back over 100 tackles with the loses of Terrell Suggs and especially Jarret Johnson this offseason.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
One of my favorite IDP players in recent years, Bernard Pollard looked to be facing an uphill battle to win a starting job with the Ravens, as camps started. Moving into the third preseason game, it now looks like Pollard is the favorite to win the starting job as the team feels comfortable with Ed Reed covering extra ground in pass protection.
Pollard is great against the run and will stay in the box most of the time, as he’s not a very good pass defender. If Pollard can keep the job throughout the year, he will continue to be one of the top ten IDP producers at defensive back. That may not happen if the team decides to go in another direction for more pass protection, but for now Pollard is a low DB-2 value for draft day.
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August, 2011 – Pollard Fighting For Starting Job In Baltimore
It was a fun ride while it lasted for Bernard Polllard with the Texans as he was clearly one of the top defensive backs to own for IDP fantasy in his two years there. Unfortunately, Pollard struggled badly in pass protection and Houston moved on from him. Now with the Ravens, Pollard is fight on the wrong side of the fence for a starting job in Baltimore as youngsters Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura are likely to keep him as a possible role player.
We will have to keep an eye on this situation leading up to the fourth preseason game, and during the season, as both youngsters have yet to prove they can get it done as starters throughout a season, so Pollard could get an opportunity, if the Ravens keep him on the roster. If given a chance to start Pollard would be worth using in your starting lineup as again, he was one of the better IDP options with his former team, and former starting strong-side safety Dawan Landry was a productive option in this defense, so opportunities should be there.
Bernard Pollard was a stud down the stretch in the 2009 season, and followed that up with another strong campaign. While Pollard is one of the better defensive backs for IDP fantasy football, he wasn’t resigned by the Texans and is now a free agent because of his coverage problems. Pollard is still in the prime of his career and should land a decent contract on the open market this summer.
Look for Pollard to remain a full time starter where ever he ends up, and he should be viewed as one of the top twenty defensive backs to select on draft day as he will continue to total over 100 tackles this season.
The best thing that ever happened to Bernard Pollard is that he was cut by the Chiefs and pickup by the Texans last year. Pollard was a good source for 90 plus tackles his last two seasons with the Chiefs but with the Texans he’s that much better. Expect another top dog effort for this defensive back in your IDP fantasy league.