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Can WR Michael Gallup Eclipse 1,000 Receiving Yards as a Rookie?

Brian Martin

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Can WR Michael Gallup Eclipse 1,000 Receiving Yards as a Rookie?

Let me ask you a question… Who was the last wide receiver to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie for the Dallas Cowboys? Did you know the answer off the top of your head, or did you have to look it up?

Well, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Wide Receiver Bob Hayes was the last rookie to hit the 1,000 yard mark for the Cowboys. That was way back in 1968 if I'm not mistaken. The Olympic sprinter hauled in 46 catches for 1,003 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He also managed an impressive 21.8 yards per reception, which quite possibly helped change the passing game in the NFL forever.

Now, Bob Hayes was way before my time and likely ahead of many of yours as well. So, the majority of us didn't get to witness his impressive rookie season for ourselves. But, I did find it surprising that the likes of Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and even Dez Bryant didn't have that kind of success their first year in the NFL.

I say all this because I've been really impressed by WR Michael Gallup and the way he's performed so far in preseason. It actually started me wondering if he could possibly be the next Cowboys rookie receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving?

Personally, I believe Michael Gallup is going to have a really good professional career in the NFL. He not only has all of the physical tools to succeed, but his approach to the game and work ethic is already showing positive returns since joining the Cowboys.

Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

As much as I want to believe Michael Gallup can accumulate 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie, it's going to take a lot of things going right in order for that to happen. First off, he's going to have to start right away. Secondly, he's going to have to become one of Quarterback Dak Prescott's favorite targets. And lastly, he's going to need to stay healthy for the entire season.

Sounds pretty simple doesn't it…

Well, unfortunately there has only been one rookie WR in the past couple years to have 1,000 receiving yards, and that was New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Michael Thomas. He hauled in 92 receptions for 1,137 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. It was actually bittersweet for me to see him accomplish that, because he was someone I wanted the Cowboys to draft.

Last year, in 2017, there wasn't a single rookie to end the year with 1,000 receiving yards. Although, there were a few who came close. Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith Schuster (someone else I wanted in Dallas) finished the year with 58 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, and Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp ended up having 62 catches for 869 yards and five touchdowns.

As you can see, it's certainly within the realm of possibility for Michael Gallup to join Bob Hayes as a Cowboys rookie WR to accumulate 1,000 receiving yards, but it's going to be extremely difficult. In fact, I think he would need at least 70 receptions in 2018 to have a chance of accomplishing this feat.

Who knows? Maybe Gallup is one of those exceptions and can have a rookie season like Randy Moss. Although, he did set the bar pretty high catching 69 passes for 1,313 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings. I'm sure all of Cowboys Nation would be happy with that.

Do you think WR Michael Gallup will have 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie?



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  • Nick Russo

    I think that Gallup could be a 1,000 yard receiver during his time in Dallas but I don’t know if it will be his rookie year. This offense is built around the running game and that will show with how many touches zeke gets this season. Of course we will have to throw the ball, but still having a cold Beasley, an Allen hurns, and others will make it tough. His talent seems to be there. It’s more for me, an issue with opportunity.

  • Robert Strandberg Jr

    I think Gallup has the talent. But, with the Cowboy’s run first mentality and the fact that Dak is more effective spreading the ball around, I don’t think it’s likely.

  • Hector Espindola

    Gallup has all the tools to be a great receiver but besides he is depending on a healthy OL and an accurate Dak, let’s remember that the offense is built for running and that he is part of a WR committee, so is gonna be really hard to have a rookie season of 1,000 yards. Eventually he will set as WR #1, but till then, the competence with Hurns will be fun to watch this very season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    Hayes was a rookie in 1965, when he exceeded a thousand yards.

    But I did not know that no one else has done it since then as a Cowboy — amazing. I think people are over-hyping Gallup.

    “Put away the anointing oil” as a famous Cowboy coach once said.

    • Hector Espindola

      Great and timely quote of Bill Parcells.

  • Albert Smith

    I wanted Michael Thomas as well in the 2nd round, but the way things are beginning to look we’ll be just as happy with who we picked this up coming season.

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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