WR Michael Gallup - Dallas Cowboys
|6-1, 195||Born: 3-4-1996||College: Colorado State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (7 / 7 / 158 / 0 rec)
Gallup surged along with the rising tide of Dallas' electric passing game in the divisional win over the Giants in Week 1. Gallup got loose deep on multiple occasions, including a long yards-after-the-catch foray and a perfect Dak Prescott deep throw against the blitz to Gallup. Gallup looks to have competition for targets from top receiver Amari Cooper and added Randall Cobb, but the 2019 debut for the second-year receiver showed a well-rounded usage (plus the downfield connection with Prescott) pointing to promise this season.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)
Gallup led the Cowboys in targets against Washington and logged a second consecutive impressive game to open his sophomore NFL season. Gallup showed nice hands on a contested reception and later missed a potential long touchdown as Dak Prescott threw a deep pass over Gallup's wrong shoulder. Gallup's progression from his rookie season, adding more intermediate route success has been a noteworthy trend through two games. Gallup limped off the field late in the game with a knee injury and is being evaluated early in the week in advance of their Week 3 matchup against Miami.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (14 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
After two missed games, Gallup was back in the lineup against Green Bay as Dallas was in pure comeback mode for much of the contest. Gallup was not involved much until the closing minutes of the first half, but still surged to a big game with 14 targets (matching Amari Cooper for the team lead) and finding the end zone for the first time this season. Gallup fought through contact on a long 50/50 pass, winning at the catch point, and breaking a tackle for the highlight touchdown. Gallup collected five of his seven receptions on comeback routes, breaking a tackle on one of them and showing strong hands in a contested setting on another. Gallup did add a drop to his log against the Packers.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Amari Cooper missed nearly the entire game against the Jets with a first quarter quad injury. Gallup was thrust into the WR1 role and struggled for impact. Gallup had two drops among his seven targets, leading the team, and another potential target which he could not control. On the plus side, Gallup had a big-time contested reception on a pass behind him and drew a late-game defensive pass interference as Dallas continued their comeback effort.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Gallup shifted back to his ancillary duties with Amari Cooper active against the Eagles. Gallup saw a tepid four targets with the Cowboys controlling the game on the ground and with their defense. Gallup Gallup fared well with his sparse opportunities, however, bursting though contact on a third-and-long screen pass to convert and adjusting well to a slant pass on his back hip earlier in the game. Gallup did drop a red zone slant target for his lone misstep.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Gallup's highlight play came on a diving touchdown to the pylon after a red zone out route, one of just two catches for the second-year receiver against the Giants. Gallup corralled a wide-open slant for more than 15 yards on his other reception, but also dropped a pass later in the game. Gallup lone deep opportunity was a diving sideline attempt which was just out of reach.
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (10 / 4 / 76 / 1 rec)
While Gallup was third fiddle to Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb for production against the Vikings, Gallup posted 76 yards and found the end zone on a wide-open crossing route. Gallup added two third-down receptions and a contested comeback route. Gallup is on a per-game pace of more than 1,200 yards this season and Dallas, after approaching 400 yards passing against the Vikings, gets a favorable matchup against Detroit next week.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 vs ATL (5 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gallup was one of the disappointing Dallas performers against Atlanta. While seeing five targets, second-most of his young career, Gallup struggled to separate, logged a drop, and did not make plays in contested situations. Gallup's lone catch came on a third down comeback route on Dallas' game-winning field goal drive. With Amari Cooper's addition and Cole Beasley an integral third down target, Gallup will struggle for week-to-week consistency.
2018 Week 12 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
While Gallup saw a hearty six targets against Washington, he was invisible for the second straight week in terms of impact. Gallup converted a third down and snatched a low pass from the turf on his other reception. The acquisition and emergence of Amari Cooper has left Gallup with a low floor each week and relying on scraps even as Dallas was without starting tight end Geoff Swaim this week.
2018 Week 13 vs NO (7 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)
Gallup saw a career-high seven targets against the Saints and thrived against secondary coverage with Amari Cooper monopolizing defensive attention. Gallup displayed a variety of routes, including a full extension grab on an out route and beating press coverage on a 40-yard reception down the sideline. Gallup likely would have added a long touchdown to his already strong game as he was wide open deep but Dak Prescott made his worst throw of the game and overthrew Gallup. With the suspect Eagles secondary next week, Gallup is likely to see more downfield opportunities.
2018 Week 14 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
While Dallas threw for 455 yards against Eagles, Gallup was largely left out of the passing explosion despite nine targets. Gallup was notably frustrated as the rookie receiver gained separation on two deep routes and both were wild overthrows by Dak Prescott. Gallup was stuffed on two screen receptions and made a contested slant of his short-range targets but a bigger performance was possible as Gallup has excelled against ancillary coverage since Amari Cooper's midseason arrival.
2018 Week 15 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gallup failed to make the box score against the Colts, drawing a defensive holding penalty in the second half of the blowout loss as his lone contribution. Gallup was coming off 16 targets over the past two games before the invisible performance as the entire Dallas passing game was silenced on the road. Gallup gets a quality bounce-back opportunity against Tampa Bay in Week 16.
2018 Week 16 vs TB (4 / 3 / 53 / 1 rec)
While Gallup was fourth on the team in targets against Tampa Bay, he led Dallas in receiving yards and made the two highlight receiving plays of the game for the Cowboys. Gallup hauled in Dak Prescott's best throw of the game, a long connection into a small window down the sideline. Gallup also converted a goal line fade target for his first touchdown since Week 7 and only the second score of his rookie season.
2018 Week 17 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Gallup hit 50 or more yards for the second straight week, plus added a defensive pass interference penalty and a two-point conversion to his contribution against the Giants. Gallup added yards-after-the-catch on two occasions as he has looked more comfortable since Amari Cooper's addition to downshift Gallup to a secondary role. Gallup's promising rookie season ended with 507 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Dallas enters the postseason with a home game against Seattle.
2018 Week 18 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)
Gallup had a muted stat line, but added illegal contact and pass interference penalties on the defense. Gallup converted a goal line fade for a touchdown, one of the rare quality throws by Dak Prescott in the game. Gallup had another scoring opportunity, but Prescott was wild on another end zone fade pass. Gallup was featured this week as a matchup Prescott looked to exploit, however, the pair could not get on the same page often.
2018 Week 19 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 119 / 0 rec)
While in a comeback effort and road playoff loss, Gallup picked a good time for his first career 100-yard game. Gallup did not get started until the second half, but got loose for three big plays, including an after-the-catch foray, a deep target with Dak Prescott extending the play, and a skinny post down the middle of the field. Gallup has progressed nicely as a Day 2 rookie and Amari Cooper and Gallup form one of the more dynamic tandems in the NFC heading into the offseason.