Michael Gallup had a breakout year for the Dallas Cowboys and seems to be a third-round steal. What can we expect from him going forward?
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup was one of two 1,000-yard receivers for the team in the 2019 NFL season. Just 23 years old, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete is showing he was a steal in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Coming out of Colorado State, as a senior in 2017, Gallup was a finalist for the highly-coveted Fred Biletnikoff Award. That season, he had a school-record 100 receptions as well as 1,413 yards and seven touchdowns.
Being impressed by what they saw in Gallup, the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the third round at 81st overall. He signed a signed Gallup to a four-year, $3.52 million contract with hopes of one day becoming the WR1 for the Cowboys.
In his rookie season, Gallup would haul in 33 catches for 507 yards. He played in all 16 games, starting exactly half. To compare this to another former Cowboys standout receiver, Dez Bryant’s rookie season consisted of 45 receptions for 561 yards.
In the 2019 season, Gallup’s second year, he broke out in a big way. He caught 66 passes for 1107 yards and six touchdowns in just 14 games. Bryant, in his second season, produced 63 receptions for 928 yards.
Does this mean Michael Gallup is the next Dez Bryant? Certainly not, but both of their jumps from year one to year two are very similar.
If Michael Gallup can have another jump in production from year two to year three, the Dallas Cowboys will have a deadly receiving duo in Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper. Both coming off of 1,000-yard seasons, many teams around the league don’t have a duo that accomplished that.
With a full offseason to work in his game and the drive of missing the playoffs to motivate him, Michael Gallup is turning into a young NFL star. He has already proven that being selected in the third round was a steal for the Dallas Cowboys.