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One Area Michael Gallup’s Game Needs to Improve in 2020

Michael Gallup is an ascending player for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Michael Gallup is still vastly underrated, despite proving he can produce like one of the best in 2019. Maybe it’s his quiet demeanor or having to play second fiddle to Amari Cooper, but I don’t think anyone would argue he’s an ascending player who’s just starting to scratch the surface of his God-given talent.

To say Michael Gallup has improved leaps and bounds from his rookie to sophomore season is an understatement. The scary thing though is he can be even better in Year 3 with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 if he continues to focus on one little blemish currently on his resume… dropped passes.

Sadly, Michael Gallup finished his 2019 season amongst the worst in the league with 16.5% drop rate on a total of 13 dropped passes. It’s an affliction that plagued nearly all of the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers last year, but one that can be easily improved on if one is willing to put in the work. Thankfully, work ethic and dedication to improve his craft are some of the Gallup’s best qualities.

I went back and watched every single dropped pass Michael Gallup made last season and came to the conclusion this isn’t a case of stone hands. I believe it was merely a lack of focus and concentration, something that plagued him during his time at Colorado State as well. This is the one area I think he needs to work on the most this offseason, because becoming just a little more sure-handed could be a game changer for him.

As you can see, Michael Gallup has no problem catching the ball when he’s locked in and focused. It’s the other times when his focus lapses that’s keeping him from being mentioned in the same breath as some of the top WRs around the league. If he can improve this one little thing though, that should change.

You may disagree, but I would put Michael Gallup in the same WR mold as New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas and Pittsburgh Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster. I know it might be strange to suggest such a thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not factual. Their skill sets are really similar, however, Gallup for whatever reason doesn’t receive the same kind of fanfare as the other two right now.

All three are physical, polished intermediate receivers capable of immediately generating leverage off the line of scrimmage due to their urgency and effectiveness against press coverage. What sets Gallup apart from Thomas and Smith-Schuster is his uncanny ability to surprise unsuspecting corners as a vertical threat. Even still, I believe the comparison is pretty spot on.

I think it’s just a matter of time before Michael Gallup finally receives the kind of recognition he deserves. But, that could all hinge on whether or not he cuts down the amount of passes he drops. If I were him, that’s something I’d focus a lot of my attention on improving in order to take my game to an entirely different level.

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Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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  1. The main thing is, he has to stop jumping to catch the ball. He does that way too much. It’s making him drop passes and costing him yac. It can be corrected, but I don’t think he nor the Cowboys are aware of it.

  2. I think where he pales in comparison to JuJu and Thomas are in areas that are not coachable … size and catch radius. I don’t view Gallup as much more than an average contested catch guy. I also question whether he’s even a potential No.1 receiver. I really like the guy, but I think he’s perfectly situated for his skill set, and if his role were to change, so too would his production.

  3. Agree i think Gallup is an excellent #2 receiver with the ability to be a poor man’s #1 for us if he continues to improve but with this team being one of the best #2 in league is all we need. Be interesting how the ball is distributed with all of these mouths to feed. Plus don’t forget Jarwin needs some crumbs and Elliott is a weapon catching out backfield especially on screens

  4. The Cowboys should appreciate this Gem and let him play out his rookie deal. All the talk has been about CeeDee, but Gallup is a proven commodity. GOOD HEALTH MR. GALLUP.

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