WR Michael Gallup - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 195||Born: 3-4-1996||College: Colorado State||Drafted: Round 3, pick|
Week 11: at Atlanta Falcons
FBG says: Good matchup. New Cowboy Amari Cooper has been a tremendous increase to this offense. It's a bit disappointing when a receiver averaging 67 yards over 2 games has made a significant impact but the upgrade over Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson has been just that sizable. Cooper isn't a perfect receiver by any means, but he's a creative route-runner who can win one-on-one matchups which is something Hurns isn't really a threat to do more than once or twice a game. Dak Prescott has taken notice, and Cooper is now entrenched ahead of Hurns, Thompson, and rookie Michael Gallup as the No. 1. The worry is that his Oakland-era inconsistency pops back up as Cooper has always been prone to drops and mental miscues, but his presence means nothing but good news for Prescott. The rest of this attack is nothing special, led by limited slot man Cole Beasley and a few low-volume outside guys, so Prescott's passing value doesn't necessarily soar. But it's certainly a step forward for a unit that produced just 202 yards a game before the Cooper trade. Prescott has thrown for 243 and 270 since. Atlanta's pass defense remains a tattered, thoroughly-beatable unit up and down the field. Only 3 times thus far have they held their opponent below 306 passing yards: in Week 1 against Nick Foles, and in a pair of midseason matchups with passers that completed 73% of throws. (They still managed to allow six air touchdowns over those last two.) On the whole, quarterbacks are churning out a solid 7.3 net yards per attempt (sixth-most in football), a sign that these Falcons can neither stop the downfield pass or rush the passer. The team needs new acquisition Bruce Irvin to generate pressure, because Vic Beasley (just 1.0 sack through 9 games) isn't doing it, and the secondary is struggling mightily without its starting safeties. The biggest hole is down the middle, where rising-star Ricardo Allen is badly missed as a centerfield-type playmaker, and deep seam passes keep finding their marks.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Michael Gallup's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Gallup's two receptions were both screen play designs as Gallup was able to use his acceleration after the catch. His biggest opportunity was a deep high point target, showing quality ball skills to haul in the pass. However, Gallup was pushed out of bounds by the defender on the way down. A quality game for Gallup will depend on a long gain or touchdown as Amari Cooper has been the clear primary option since his arrival.
2018 Week 9 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Shifting to the secondary role with the addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas wide receiver corps, Gallup posted his second-highest yardage total of the season. Gallup showed nice extension plucking the ball away from his body on a deep in-cut but also dropped a crossing route target. Gallup's highlight play came on an incompletion, corralling a beautiful over-the-shoulder downfield target but finishing the play out of bounds. Gallup showed more success against secondary coverage this week, a promising sign as Amari Cooper garners defensive attention going forward.
2018 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
While fourth on the team in targets, Gallup made the highlight play for Dallas through the air against Washington. Gallup turned around the defensive back on a double move, creating massive separation down the field. Dak Prescott hit Gallup in stride for the long touchdown. Gallup's other two receptions were of the routine variety with a deep in-cut route and comeback reception. Cole Beasley is the clear go-to Dallas receiver to move the chains, but Gallup has developed in recent weeks, especially with Tavon Austin out, into Dallas' lone big play threat down the field.
2018 Week 6 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Gallup remains stuck in neutral in terms of his pecking order standing for the Dallas passing game. However, Gallup made two quality plays downfield in contested situations to promote optimism for an impact later in the season. Gallup made a contested catch down the sideline and on another play showed big-time ball skills on a potential 'wow' play for a touchdown. The play was ultimately reviewed and reversed with Gallup's second foot being on the out-of-bounds line, but the skills shown were pronounced. Gallup and Tavon Austin have clearly been the receivers to work downfield and see targets when Dallas takes a big play shot.
2018 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Gallup was stifled yet again as the de factor top receiver for Dallas. His lone catch came on a red zone crossing route for a short gain. Otherwise, it was a forgettable day for Gallup as two targets in tight coverage were tipped away and he dropped a comeback route on another. As the sample size grows Gallup as looked more like a secondary receiver in the NFL if surrounded by a higher-level receiver or two rather than a headline target on a middling passing offense.
2018 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
For the first time this season Michael Gallup showed flashes of what made him a Day 2 draft pick this offseason. Gallup has largely been swallowed up by opposing defensive backs, but Gallup hauled in a contested sideline target, Dak Prescott's best (and most bold) throw of the game. Gallup played above the rim to make the long reception. Gallup also had an end zone target in the game, but was overthrown by Prescott. While a single game, Gallup's downfield play this week would be a key addition for Dallas' passing game searching for an identity through the opening month of the season.
2018 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gallup saw four targets against Seattle, but continues to perform poorly. Gallup dropped a slant route, turning into an interception and failed to haul in a high-point target in the end zone. On Gallup's lone reception, he dragged a defender for yards after the catch. Gallup has been gobbled up by defensive backs on a majority of his routes and this week was no exception to the early-season trend.
2018 Week 2 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gallup struggled to another poor showing to open his NFL career, a one-catch effort against the Giants. It was Tavon Austin, not Gallup, who flashed deep speed and separation on a long touchdown, thought to be Gallup's forte leading up to the regular season. No Dallas receiver has stood out as the go-to option through two games, but Gallup has started off slow despite ample opportunity by snap count.
2018 Week 1 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The second-round rookie receiver saw his regular season debut against the Panthers, but had minimal impact as Dallas' passing game struggled to find any consistency. Gallup was gobbled up on deep routes by coverage, but did see some success as he came wide open on a crossing route, only to be thrown behind by Dak Prescott. Gallup made a quality low catch on a slant route and drew a defensive illegal contact penalty beyond the box score.
Latest NewsCowboys | Michael Gallup targeted six times (Mon Nov 5, 11:41 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup registered three catches for 51 yards on six targets in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Nov. 5. link to story
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