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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 Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next

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Dallas may only be 1-1 on the season, but the Cowboys are officially tied for first-place in the NFC East, and fresh off a workmanlike victory over divisional rivals, the New York Giants. It was a game they should have won, and did win, but the takeaways so early in the season are that, although the offense has not clicked on all cylinders, the defense is getting high praise.

The Cowboys sacked New York’s Eli Manning six times and limited the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, to a mere 28 yards rushing. It was also a night in which Dak Prescott not only out-gained Barkley by 17 yards on the ground, but torched the Giants’ secondary on a 64-yard touchdown strike to Tavon Austin which proved New York’s Safety Landon Collins wrong when leading up to this game he remarked that the key to a Giants’ victory would be getting Prescott to throw. When Prescott was made aware of the comment in a midweek interview he replied, "…challenge accepted," and the third-year veteran made good on his word leading to the 20-13 victory.

However, Prescott ended the night with just 160 yards passing yet the ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 showed no signs of rearing its head as Prescott moved seamlessly in the pocket and ran the ball well.

As we move ahead to the Cowboys meeting in Seattle, we take a quick check over to one of the most reputable online sportsbooks in the industry - Intertops according to the reviews - where we can monitor the line on this pivotal NFC clash as the week progresses.

Seattle boasts a talented quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson but one who will find the sledding tough if the Dallas defense continues to shut down All-World wide outs like Odell Beckham Jr. and contain future rushing stars like Saquon Barkley. Outside of Wilson, Seattle is not loaded offensively, with their biggest target, Doug Baldwin, ailing with a knee injury and a backfield which consists of two young rushers in second-year man Chris Carson and a first-round rookie in Rashaad Penny who dealt with nagging injuries throughout the preseason and looked unsettled in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Cowboys defense has already proven its worth in Carolina with Cam Newton under center and again last week against New York. The unit is surrendering an average of 14 ½ points per game and is incorporating more blitz packages than we’ve come to expect.

The difference this year is that the players they have on defense are capable of getting to the quarterback quick enough so that the coverage linebackers and secondary aren’t alone on an island for too long. The one concern is the status of Linebacker Sean Lee, who checked out of the game in the fourth quarter Sunday night and brought to mind his hamstring issues of a year ago, but apparently it was in fact cramping, and not straining, of the hammy which allowed Lee to return.

The bottom line in terms of the Cowboys' upcoming matchup on Sunday afternoon is that they will get the Seahawks coming off a short week, as Seattle played on Monday night and should be relatively healthy for the contest.

Dak Prescott may not have the formidable offensive line that he has had in the past, nor a top-tier arsenal of receivers, but he does have the elusive Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and is capable of extricating himself from pressure situations when no target is available.

If the Dallas defense continues to play at the current level, it will not only be limiting the opposition on the scoreboard but putting its offense in good field position throughout. So check out Intertops, one of the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks, to see where this line goes because a Dallas win and an ATS cover are just days away.



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Taco Tuesday: Cowboys DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?

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Taco Tuesday: DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?
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There has been quite a bit of talk about what a bad decision it was for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Nearly everybody wanted someone different, not a player that needed time to develop.

Well, fast forward a year later and it looks as if the Cowboys made the right decision.

Don't look now, but Defensive End Taco Charlton is starting to live up to that first-round pedigree. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Charlton has already looked like a much improved player from what we saw a season ago. Imagine that, a little bit of time to develop and he's turning into a solid player.

I know I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, especially suggesting that he is starting to dominate, but I can't help myself. I'm that excited about how much he has improved in one offseason. I may be alone here, but I have high hopes he could turn into something special.

In 2017, Taco Charlton failed to start a single game for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. That's not really what you want from your first-round draft pick. To makes matters worse, in 16 games he only registered 25 total tackles, four QB sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. As you can imagine, it didn't sit well with most Cowboys fans.

Luckily, it looks as if Charlton's offseason in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program has paid off. Already in 2018 he has accumulated six total tackles, one QB sack, one pass defensed, and recovered a fumble. If he keeps this pace up, we could be looking at #97 reaching double-digit sacks this year.

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Now, I wouldn't call what Taco Charlton has accomplished so far this season dominating, but he is proving to be a starting quality DE along the Cowboys defensive line. It's a unit that has looked really good in the first two weeks of the season and is expected to be even better once Randy Gregory and David Irving are able to return to the field.

In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys are happy to get plays like this from Taco Charlton.

Taco Charlton Eli Manning sack

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This is a play Charlton is expected to make. He was left unblocked, but we've seen players left unblocked before not make the play. So, it may not be as impressive as some QB sacks. But, I'll take the routine tackle any day over someone trying to make a splash play and failing.

If you're looking for an impressive play from Taco Charlton, take a look at what he was able to do against Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.

Taco Charlton covering Odell Beckham Jr

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In case you're wondering, that's Taco Charlton in OBJ's hip pocket 15 yards down the field in pass coverage. It looks as if that's where Eli Manning was wanting to go with the ball, but tight coverage by the Cowboys, and Charlton, across the board ended up resulting in a QB sack.

If you don't find that impressive, I don't know what will. A 275 pound DE covering arguably the best and highest paid wide receiver down the field is almost unheard of. I would count that as impressive.

What do you think of Taco Charlton's play so far in 2018?



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A Look Around The NFC East: Week 2

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Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

The usually competitive NFC East got off to a shaky start last week, with half the division winning their season opener and the other half falling short.

Now entering week 2, the Eagles and Redskins have a chance to begin to distance themselves from the loser of the Cowboys/Giants game, and both of those 0-1 teams are looking to "save" their season. Yes, that sounds dramatic, but a home loss within the division to fall to 0-2 could be debilitating for the Dallas Cowboys moving forward.

Regardless, let's go around the division and see what each team has on tap for this Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles

The defending champs opened up their 2018 campaign just as we expected: with a home victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta sort of gave that game away last Thursday night, but if the Eagles can stack Nick Foles-led wins on top of each other they'll put themselves in a great spot to win the East when Carson Wentz returns.

The Eagles will be on the road this week for the first time, traveling to Tampa Bay to play the 1-0 Buccaneers. The Bucs pulled the upset of the weekend last week, defeating New Orleans 48-40. It's hard to imagine that "Fitzmagic" continuing against the vaunted Eagles defense, though.

Philly is a three point road favorite against Tampa Bay this Sunday.

Washington Redskins

My "sleeper" team in the NFC East, and pick to finish second in the division, looked rather impressive in their week one drubbing of the Arizona Cardinals. Of course, Arizona isn't a very good team, and will probably be picking top 5 in the draft next April. Still, it was a good showing for the Redskins to open the season.

Washington got Adrian Peterson going on the ground for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Thompson helped keep them on schedule offensively as well. Washington hasn't been talked about much this offseason, but is sitting at 1-0 with a game against the 0-1 Colts on the horizon.

Washington is a 6 point favorite against Indianapolis this Sunday, and has a good chance of starting 2-0 on the year.

New York Giants

Though we are just one week into the 2018 regular season, an important matchup is brewing within the NFC East. After falling to 0-1 with a home loss in their season opener, the Giants will travel to Texas to face the Cowboys on Sunday night football this week.

With both teams sitting at 0-1, neither can afford to put themselves into a nearly-insurmountable hole with a second straight loss. Since the merger 90% of teams who fall to 0-2 fail to make the playoffs, and it would be back-to-back seasons of missing out for both the Cowboys and Giants.

New York is a three point road underdog on Sunday, and it seems like most of the football world is leaning towards them and their weapons coming away with the victory.

Either way, this game will have massive implications on the 2018 season.



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