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Will WR Michael Gallup Be Cowboys’ De Facto WR1?

The made waves around the league when they decided to veteran receiver and franchise receiving touchdown leader this .

Bryant, who was the best offensive weapon on the Cowboys for a long time, had seen decline in his production and overall play.This decline coupled with his contract, and the lack of chemistry between he and , ultimately led to his ugly divorce from the team.

Now the Cowboys look to replace Bryant in creative ways, trying to spread the targets around rather than “force” the ball to Bryant. Attempting to do so, they have turned over just about their entire corps this offseason.

At the head of this receiver revolution is rookie . The pick out of Colorado State was a favorite of mine in this draft class, and enters Dallas with a ton of fanfare for a late day two selection.

Thus far in , however, Michael Gallup is proving that we are right to be hyped about his arrival. Every day Gallup has done something special, and at times he looks like the best receiver on this roster. While it was anticipated that would be the “WR1” for 2018, Gallup is certainly giving him a run for his money and developing a rapport with Dak Prescott.

As I wrote about during the draft process, Gallup fits the mold of what Prescott needs in a receiver. He does an excellent job of creating “easy” separation from , has strong and consistent hands, and possesses the YAC ability this lacked a year ago.

While not exactly a “speed demon,” Gallup has the ability to turn a 6-7 yard play into a touchdown, as he did while at Colorado State. An offense with in the backfield and Gallup, Hurns, and on the outside is one that could be fun to watch if deployed correctly.

Of course, it's unfair to expect “WR1” production from a third round rookie receiver. But if anyone is going to win consistently enough to get the targets necessary to do so on this roster, it just might be Michael Gallup.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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