The Dallas Cowboys returned to the practice field this week for organized team activities and the excitement surrounding the team is palpable with veteran acquisitions Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore in attendance and taking their first official practice reps with the team.
Though training camp is still two months away, OTAs present a great opportunity for players to leave a lasting impression on the coaching staff.
While the Cowboys are still in the early stages of building toward the new campaign and a lot can change between now and late July, these players arrived at The Star in Frisco with something to prove and have showed out so far.
4. Michael Gallup
Gallup is a veteran so his inclusion comes with an asterisk.
That said, fans are searching for any reason to jump back on the Gallup train after his poor 2022 following ACL surgery. Gallup has been adamant that he's fully healthy (and confident) for the first time in two years and the early returns at OTAs back that up.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, Gallup caught passes on consecutive plays during the team's two-minute 7-on-7 drill. Gehlken added Gallup is moving comfortably and that he would've had a touchdown if not for Stephon Gilmore getting a hand on the pass in the end zone.
That's Gilmore in a nutshell, but Cowboys fans have to love hearing Gallup is back clicking on all cylinders. Two catches might not seem like much -- it could have been more; these were the only catches that were reported on social media -- but the big takeaway is Gallup looking more like his pre-injury self.