The Dallas Cowboys had to address the WR position after losing Randall Cobb in free agency when the veteran signed a three-year deal with the Houston Texans. In a draft full of talented receivers the Cowboys didn’t have to press and take one early, but a miracle fell into their lap.
CeeDee Lamb, regarded by most as the best receiver in the draft, fell to the Cowboys at 17. This began the buzz of what a combination of Lamb and Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper could look like. However, the Cowboys have a third stud receiver coming off a huge year that’s primed for another in Michael Gallup.
Having great chemistry with the quarterback and showing continued progression is what teams love to see from a young WR, and Gallup has shown both in his first two seasons. As a rookie in 2018, Gallup and Quarterback Dak Prescott connected on 48.5% of their passes. Last season, that number went up to 58.4%, basically a 10% increase from the previous year.
Production-wise, Gallup came out of the gate with a solid 33 receptions for 507 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. In 2019, he doubled, or in the case of touchdowns tripled, his production from the season before with 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. If this trend continues 2020 will be a big year for Gallup.
Another thing that will assist Gallup in having a great 2020 is the addition of the aforementioned Lamb. He comes with a skill set that allows him to play not only in the slot but on the outside as well. Just taking the slot angle, the Cowboys could pair Lamb with Cooper on one side (forcing a corner inside) and leave Gallup one-on-one on the other. Or, the Cowboys could even throw Gallup in the slot and allow him to attack the middle of the field and down the seams. The possibilities are endless.
With the recent NFL Draft, it’s understandable for Cowboys fans to be excited about the shiny new toys the organization picked up. However, the Cowboys will need Gallup to perform on a high level for their offense to reach its full capability, and there are signs pointing to that being the case in 2020.
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