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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup is Still Key Figure in Dallas Offense

There’s been a lot of excitement around adding rookie WR CeeDee Lamb to the Cowboys offense. But in the midst of all this justified enthusiasm, it seems many are already elevating Lamb above third-year receiver Michael Gallup.

It seems a good time to remind everyone that Gallup is still one of the best young players on the Dallas roster. And no matter how good CeeDee might become, Michael won’t be giving up his role to the rookie without a fight.

Gallup is coming off a breakout sophomore season; 66 catches, 1107 yards, and six touchdowns. He was only slightly behind Amari Cooper* (79 rec, 1189 yds, 8 TDs) in each category despite missing two games to injury.

* Cooper officially played in all 16 games, but he missed nearly all of the loss to the NY Jets after leaving hurt on the opening series.

There was no doubt who the Cowboys’ #2 receiver was before the 2020 NFL Draft. And nobody expected the team to come away with someone who might threaten Gallup’s spot. With the 1st-Round pick projected to go to a cornerback or pass rusher, the hope was that Dallas would be able to find a replacement for Randall Cobb in the 2nd or 3rd Round.

But we know what happened. CeeDee Lamb fell to Dallas at the 17th pick and the rest is all future material for his Hall of Fame bio.

The immediate glorification went up a notch when the Cowboys announced that the rookie would wear #88, a tradition generally reserved for the team’s future franchise receiver.

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As pictured above, CeeLamb has already leapfrogged Michael Gallup from a hype and marketing standpoint. But that won’t happen so easily on the field.

This isn’t another Terrance Williams we’re talking about. While both were 3rd-Round picks, Gallup’s already done more with his opportunity as the #2 receiver than Williams ever did.

If you look at that picture again, you see three former 1st-Round draft picks and the starting quarterback. Three of them were household names the minute they entered the league, and Dak Prescott became one the minute he took over as starting QB of the Dallas Cowboys.

That’s what Michael Gallup is up against right now. The offseason is a time for the most recognizable names faces and names; easy attention without game results or highlights to talk about.

But when real NFL action resume this September (we hope), that’s when Gallup will be able to remind people just who he is and where he ranks among the Dallas receivers.

While some are trying to craft a fake controversy between Prescott and Andy Dalton at quarterback, a legitimate one could be brewing on the WR depth chart. CeeDee Lamb is coming in with all of the fanfare worthy of a 1st-Round pick, but he’s not just bumping Michael Gallup out of a primary offensive role.

It’s a great problem for the Cowboys to have. There are now three players with legitimate cases for being the top receiver on other teams, and there are only so many targets around.

Let Gallup, Lamb, and perhaps even Amari Cooper settle it on the field.

And may the opposition beware.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. For the sake of the Cowboys, I hope the league is nt paying attention to Gallup bc he’s going to torch the league this year. In all my years as a Cowboy fan I’ve nvr seen us be able to put 3 legit receivers to out on the field. Can’t wait for the upcoming season.

  2. Don’t forget about Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Tony Hill, and Butch Johnson. What a great football franchise we are blessed to be fans of.

  3. I remember being pissed because they didn’t take Gallup in the 2nd. Amazing he fell all the way to the 3rd. He led all WR in multiple categories in college. He is very underrated and if his QB saw him half the time, he would have at least 10 long TDs and would have led the team in yards. Lamb should be great and the team is in such a good spot with each contract being 2-3 years apart. 3 legit #1s on the same team? Any QB should be able to put up big stats with this OL/running game and WR group.

    • He could’ve been close if not for all the passes behind receives, over throws or just plain misses. He sometimes makes it hard for receivers to get any YAC because of his ball placement.

  4. Very exited for this season. 46 years and never have had this Good of receiver group, Pearson, Hill and Butch were great. I wish we had TR throwing to them. Dak has a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn sometimes.

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