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    Michael Gallup Building Much Needed Chemistry With Dak Prescott

    Michael Gallup is coming off a pretty productive rookie campaign in 2018. He riled in 33 receptions for 507 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fast forward to now, he's put himself in position to be a major contributor in the aerial assault this upcoming season. Added additions to the like , rookie , and the return of gives defenses a lot to focus on in 2019 and could open up the door for Gallup to reach another level.

    It was apparent early that Gallup had the talent to play at the NFL level with his size, speed, and athleticism. All that was missing was the timing and chemistry needed with his Dak Prescott. Several times during the season the two couldn't connect on what seemed to be routine pass plays, more specifically ones down the field after Gallup got open. The duo showed promise, though, as the Cowboys started their playoff run last season. Even though he only had 18 yards on 2 receptions against the Seahawks, he scored on a fade route with 24 seconds left in the first half that gave the Cowboys the lead, a game they eventually won 24-22.

    As the team headed to Los Angeles to face the Rams, Gallup showed up and showed out even in a loss with 6 receptions on 9 targets for 119 yards. However, the question was could this momentum continue into 2019 in Gallup's sophomore season. The early indications in have shown they're headed in the right direction. Prescott looks more comfortable with Gallup, and conversely, the second-year receiver is showing more discipline in his route running and being where he needs to be.

    A big reason for this maturation is the battles Gallup is having in practice with and . Iron Sharpens Iron and the one-on-one training that they're giving him is paying dividends already.

    Prescott's confidence in Gallup seems to be at an all-time high as training camp has intensified with full padded practices. When recently asked about his receiver the Cowboys franchise signal-caller echoed those sentiments.

    “He's a beast. He's just grown,” Prescott said. “From last year's camp to this camp, completely different person. It's exciting to see him just coming into his own and have the confidence and telling me, ‘Hey, throw me the ball, it's 1 on 1.' He's always open.”

    As mentioned earlier, the timing on deep passes between Gallup and Prescott was slightly off last season. However, Gallup has confidence this won't be the case going forward with new calling the plays. He explained this in a recent with San Antonio.

    “Kellen, he just, he’s showing a whole different way for everybody,” Gallup said. “He’s trying to change things up, put people in different spots. He’s trying to let Dak throw the deep ball because Dak wants to throw the deep ball. Kellen coming in here, he’s a younger guy just like us, so he’s thinking the same way we are. He wants to take the big shots, have a fun game.”

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    As the draws closer the chemistry between Gallup and Prescott will be important as the organization tries to get past the of the for the first time since 1995. If this shall come to pass I can see not only a more productive year two for Gallup but possibly a nod.

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    Matthew Lenix
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    I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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    Todd Hyatt

    Dear Matthew:

    I’m with you and many other Cowboy fans: Michael Gallup is destined for great things.

    The guy gets open and gets long. Gallup, aptly named, will be fun to watch in 2019 and beyond.

    Michael also seems like a class guy and a solid teammate. I admire that.

    One thing: In the second sentence, you write “He riled in 33 receptions for 507 yards and 2 touchdowns.”

    “Riled,” here, should be “reeled.”

    Gallup ahead!


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