Week 8 snaps show Cowboys have finally come to their senses on Michael Gallup

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Nothing went wrong for the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's win against the LA Rams.

Dak Prescott threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, CeeDee Lamb posted the best game of his young career, DaRon Bland notched his third (!) pick-six of the season and the special teams blocked a punt that went for a safety.

Beyond the box score, Mike McCarthy made several adjustments as play-caller, including adding more at-snap motion as well as play action. Beyond the X's and O's, McCarthy made a few personnel changes that may have gotten lost amid the Cowboys' 43-20 onslaught.

For one, Jalen Tolbert logged a whopping 29 snaps in the game. He was involved on the first possession and his 45% snap share marked his highest since Week 2 when he played 68% of the snaps in the blowout win against the Jets.

More notable is the fact Tolbert's increased workload came at the expense of Michael Gallup, who played 33 snaps (51%) -- his lowest of the season.

Cowboys might be laying the groundwork for Michael Gallup's benching.

Gallup's 33 snaps and 51% share are his lowest since he suffered a torn ACL against the Cardinals in 2021, per Tom Downey of Chat Sports.

One look at Gallup's career game log and you'll see he hasn't logged that low of a share since Week 9 of the 2021 season, which was his first game back from a calf strain that cost him seven games. Before that, you have to go all the way back to Gallup's rookie year in 2019 for when he dipped below the 50% threshold.

Keep in mind, that Gallup worked behind CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper as WR3 for two full seasons in 2020 and 2021. Could this be a one-week blip? Perhaps, but it likely isn't a coincidence Gallup's snaps dropped this much following arguably the worst game of his career in Week 6 against the Chargers.

In that game, Gallup caught 3-of-10 targets for 24 yards. He dropped a long touchdown that Prescott couldn't have walked to him any better. Just as damning was the fact Prescott was 18-of-20 for 248 yards when targeting non-Gallup pass-catchers.

It seems as though the coaching staff has come to their senses on Gallup. He ranks near the basement of the NFL in separation and catch rate in contested situations, the latter of which used to be his calling card. Despite this (and his reduced role in Week 8), Gallup is still second in the target pecking order.

If Sunday was any indication, that could change by this time next week.

Gallup shouldn't be outright benched, but we likely speak for most fans when we say its about time Tolbert's seeing more snaps at No. 13's expense.

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