The Dallas Cowboys offense has been the backbone of this team for a long time now and for good reason. When you have a quarterback like Dak Prescott, running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, tight ends Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin, and wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, you’re bound to have praise showered upon you. Missing from those names is Michael Gallup, who has seemingly become the forgotten man in this offense. Last night you heard the announcers talking about the weapons on this Cowboys offense and that once La’el Collins returns that they will get that much better, but what about when Gallup returns?
For as much praise as Lamb and Cooper are receiving week in and week out, Gallup does quite a bit to help those two succeed on the field. Gallup’s big-play ability down the field has allowed Cooper and Lamb to beat defenses with more one-on-one coverage instead of having a safety cheating over to their side of the field to help stop them. Stats don’t lie, and with Gallup averaging 15.4 yards per reception for his career, he’s forcing defenses to decide if they will let him beat them deep or allow Cooper and Lamb to catch shorter passes and use their ability to create big plays after the catch to beat them. It’s a tough position for any team, and even though Gallup averages 3.4 receptions a game, those targets are enough to keep defenses on their toes.
Gallup also is a factor in the running game as well as he’s one of the better blocking receivers on this Cowboys roster. Whether he is blocking a cornerback on the edge, or sprinting down the field taking a cornerback and safety with him, he’s still affecting the game in a positive way for Elliott and Pollard who won’t have to see an extra defender in the box. The Cowboys are going to need Gallup when he returns so they can really open up this offense and be able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If the Cowboys are going to really make some noise this season, Gallup is going to be as much a part of those plans on offense as Cooper and Lamb will be. You thought this team was dangerous before, just wait until Gallup gets back on the field and adds another dimension to this offense.