With the Dallas Cowboys bringing in Randall Cobb and a young Michael Gallup, who is coming off a promising rookie year, who will have more yards in 2019?
28-year old veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb joined the Dallas Cowboys this offseason as a free agent. Last year, Cobb played in only nine contests for the Green Bay Packers and recorded 383 receiving yards with a 66.7 reception percentage. The Cowboys brought on Cobb to help fill the void made by recently departed receiver Cole Beasley, who left in free agency to join the Buffalo Bills.
From everything the coaching staff has been saying, Cobb will play mostly in the slot, spend some time outside, and even line up in the backfield from time to time.
Over the last three seasons, Cobb has averaged around 48 yards per game. With the Cowboys, Cobb will probably stay around this number. Last season, Beasley averaged 42 yards per game.
Supposedly, new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is installing new schemes to the system to make the offense more versatile. The offense, in general, is much better heading into 2019 than 2018 with a healthy center Travis Frederick, a receiver Amari Cooper, and a much-improved quarterback Dak Prescott.
Then there is receiver Michael Gallup. Gallup broke the 500 receiving yard mark in his first season in the NFL (507 yards). He might have even approached 700-800 yards if Prescott connected on a few more deep balls.
Cooper and running back Ezekiel Elliott will be demanding much of the attention from opposing defenses. So Gallup and Cobb will be in more favorable situations. If the Cowboys offense is to be elite, they will need both of these receivers to take advantage.
The offense truly has the potential to be fantastic. On the debate on whether Cobb is an upgrade over Beasley– the truth is both are about equal but have different strengths. Cobb is not the technician in route running as Beasley, but on every catch, he can take it to the house.
The Cowboys might have the most explosive receiving core in the league. But, there are only a certain number of balls to go around. Gallup is primarily a deep ball threat so far in his career, while Cobb primarily works inside 15 yards down the field.
Last season, Gallup was targeted 66 times and hauled in only 33 catches. With a full offseason to improve his routes and chemistry with Prescott, that percentage should go up to around 60.
The other variable in this discussion is health. Gallup is only 23 years old and has not suffered any glaring injuries. Cobb’s body, on the other hand, is not exactly getting healthier as the years go by.
Cobb will presumably miss more time than Gallup. Cobb might have more yards per game than Gallup but he will play in fewer matches. Gallup will have more total receiving yards than Cobb in 2019.
Who do you think will have more receiving yards in 2019– Randall Cobb or Michael Gallup? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below!