Last Spring, the Dallas Cowboys waited until the third round to attack one of their most glaring needs – wide receiver. After logging 840 snaps, 33 catches for 507 yards, Michael Gallup gained valuable experience, showed noticeable improvement, and may prove to be one of their best personnel decisions of 2018 when all is said and done.
Michael Gallup didn’t have quite the season that D.J. Moore had or Calvin Ridley had. Each of those first rounders pulled in over 50 receptions and over 750 yards. Ridley even tagged on 10 touchdown receptions (no small feat for a slightly built receiver).
But Michael Gallup worked out perfectly with the Dallas Cowboys. Placed in the impossible role of WR1 early in the season (top corners rarely move inside to cover the slot and no one was afraid of Allen Hurns), Gallup started slow.
But as the season wore on, Gallup became the deep ball threat the Dallas Cowboys so desperately needed. And playing second fiddle to Amari Cooper, Gallup started to break out in a big way late in the season.
While Gallup’s catch rate is below industry standard, his routes were considerably above industry standard. So while he didn’t catch a high number of his targets, it’s somewhat excusable given how deep he typically was, and it’s an inefficiency you can live with given the potential reward it offers if successful.
Author: Reid Hanson