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Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #13
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Michael Gallup News

Ruled out for Week 2

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Friday that Gallup (calf) won't play Week 2 at the Chargers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Gallup suffered a left calf strain Thursday in Tampa Bay. Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that Gallup will be out 3-to-5 weeks, implying he won't be available until October, at the earliest. That said, McCarthy merely called Gallup's injury a "multi-week" concern, so the Cowboys may keep him off injured reserve with the hope he's on the front end of the above timetable to return. While Gallup is sidelined, Cedrick Wilson will occupy the No. 3 wide receiver role behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.

Sep 10, 2021 3:16 PM EST

To be out 3-to-5 weeks

Gallup sustained a strained left calf during Thursday's loss at Tampa Bay and will be sidelined 3-to-5 weeks, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup exited in the second half Thursday with what was termed a left ankle issue at the time, but upon further evaluation the nature of the injury has been confirmed. The Cowboys thus won't have the fourth-year wide receiver available again until October, with his recovery ultimately determining when he gets back on the field. In the meantime, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb should see plenty of volume, while Cedrick Wilson gets a boost in targets as well.

Sep 10, 2021 11:41 AM EST

Will be re-evaluated Friday

Gallup will be re-evaluated Friday after leaving Thursday's 31-29 loss to the Buccaneers with an ankle injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic report.

Analysis: Gallup stayed on the sidelines for the rest of the game, and he was spotted walking under his own power, albeit with a limp, after the contest concluded. The 25-year-old posted four receptions for 36 yards -- all in the first half -- before suffering this injury. If Gallup is unable to play in Week 2 against the Chargers, Cedrick Wilson will likely operate as the No. 3 wide receiver.

Sep 9, 2021 9:16 PM EST

Exits with ankle injury

Gallup was forced out of Thursday's game against the Buccaneers with an ankle injury, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup was off to a solid start with four receptions for 36 yards in the first half, but he was targeted just once in the third quarter before exiting the game. The severity of Gallup's injury is unclear. Fellow wideout Cedrick Wilson figures to handle extra reps in Gallup's place.

Sep 9, 2021 8:16 PM EST

One catch in Saturday's loss

Gallup caught one of two targets for four yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: The Cowboys had their offensive starters out for the entire first quarter, but with Dak Prescott (shoulder) not one of them, there wasn't much production to go around in the passing game. Gallup is the clear third option in Dallas behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, but if Prescott is healthy, that role could still lead to solid fantasy numbers.

Aug 22, 2021 4:40 AM EST

Seeing reps in slot

Gallup has been getting work in the slot during training camp, Rob Phillips of reports. "Everybody's labeled me as just a deep ball threat, but I know I can do a whole lot more," he said. "So me being able to come on the inside and run some routes from there, short, intermediate game, definitely can show that I'm more versatile than a lot of folks might think."

Analysis: The Cowboys already have two extremely capable options in the slot in CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper (ankle), so Gallup may not see a whole lot of action on the inside during the regular season, but anything that allows offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to get the best possible matchups for his elite trio of receivers can only help boost their numbers. Additional flexibility would also help improve Gallup's marketability as he heads into free agency next offseason. "It gives him more opportunities," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I think right now, if you look at the position of X [outside receiver], how many routes can you really run from out there? The ability to get him the ball and the ability to take advantage of matchups, I think it's all part of his growth."

Aug 11, 2021 6:32 AM EST

Won't get extension this year

Gallup is in the final season of his rookie contract, but the Cowboys don't plan to sign him to an extension, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Having locked Dak Prescott up to a massive deal worth $40 million a season, the team has hit the pause button on any other negotiations, including ones for Gallup and pass rusher Randy Gregory. Gallup's numbers last year took a step backward from his impressive 2019, which could be a factor in the decision not to extend him, but he still figures to earn a significant raise once he hits free agency. Knowing he's playing for a new contract also gives the 25-year-old extra incentive to add another 1,000-yard campaign to his resume. With Amari Cooper's current deal also containing an easy out after 2021, Dallas may well have to choose which one of the two they want to retain as the starter opposite CeeDee Lamb.

Aug 8, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Returns to practice

Gallup (ankle) is returning to practice Saturday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gallup needed a few days off after hurting his ankle in practice Tuesday, but he has regained health and is practicing again. With Amari Cooper still sidelined by an ankle injury of his own, Gallup should work as the No. 2 receiver behind CeeDee Lamb in practice for the time being.

Jul 31, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Tweaks ankle

Gallup (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the wideout tweaked his ankle during Tuesday's practice, but at this stage the issue doesn't seem likely to keep Gallup out for too long. With that in mind, coach Mike McCarthy stated Wednesday, "I think long term he is fine." When all three players are healthy, Amari Cooper (ankle), CeeDee Lamb and Gallup combine for a formidable wide receiver trio atop the Cowboys' depth chart.

Jul 28, 2021 10:15 AM EST

Impressing coaching staff

Head coach Mike McCarthy indicated Tuesday that Gallup "is taking the next step you look for in young players" and he's seen more reps in slot this offseason, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup is heading into a contract season with questions surrounding his status with the Cowboys beyond the 2021 season following the first-round selection of CeeDee Lamb in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gallup saw his numbers take a slight downturn last season, though that could be, in part, due to a new coaching staff and Dak Prescott going down with an injury for most of the season. He should play a key role in the Cowboys' offense again this season and, if his offseason reps hold any water, could be in line for some added work in the slot.

Jun 8, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Quiet season finale

Gallup caught four of eight targets for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The third-year receiver saw generally increased target volume after the Cowboys' Week 10 bye as he showed some chemistry with Andy Dalton, but for the most part, Gallup's chances of matching or improving on his 2019 breakout evaporated when Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. His disappointing campaign was highlighted by a lackluster 8.0 YPT -- 1.8 yards less than the season before. Assuming Prescott is back and healthy in 2021, Gallup will be a strong candidate for a rebound, even as part of a crowded WR group alongside Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.

Jan 4, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Busts out in big win

Gallup caught six of eight targets for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Cowboys passing game re-discovered its early-season form in this one, and Gallup capitalized with his most productive outing of the season, leading Dallas in catches and targets while tying Amari Cooper for the team lead in receiving yards. It's been a mostly disappointing campaign overall for Gallup, but the third-year wideout could wipe all that away with another big effort in Week 17's clash with the Giants, as both teams remain alive in the hunt for the NFC East title.

Dec 27, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Manages full practice session

Gallup (hip) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: It was initially reported that Gallup's hip pointer would restrict his practice reps Wednesday, but the third-year wideout has managed to exceed expectations. He's expected to suit up for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Eagles. Gallup has drawn five or more targets in seven straight contests.

Dec 23, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Set for limited practice

Gallup (hip) will be limited at practice Wednesday, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: The report notes that coach Mike McCarthy believes that Gallup will be able to play Sunday against the Eagles and the wideout's ability to practice Wednesday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- is a positive indicator toward that end.

Dec 23, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Could return Week 16

Gallup (hip) has avoided serious injury and hasn't yet been ruled out to face the Eagles on Sunday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Gallup was forced out of last weekend's win over the 49ers due to a strained hip, but not before hauling in three catches for 26 yards and a score. The third-year pro has seen 35 targets in five games since the Cowboys' bye. If Gallup misses any time, Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner will all be candidates to handle more work behind CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper.

Dec 21, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Strains hip Week 15

Gallup sustained a strained right hip during Sunday's 41-33 win against the Cowboys, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure later in the game, Gallup had three receptions (on five targets) for 26 yards and one touchdown. While clarity regarding his status likely will arrive at some point in the coming days, the Cowboys are down to Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner at wide receiver.

Dec 20, 2020 2:15 PM EST

Sustains hip injury

Gallup won't return to Sunday's contest against the 49ers due to a hip injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: While the announcement came without context, Gallup will finish his day with three catches (on five targets) for 26 yards and one touchdown. The score marked just his third of the season on his 90 targets at the time of his departure. In the wake of this health concern, the Cowboys' receiver group has been whittled down to Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson.

Dec 20, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Does little with six targets

Gallup caught two of six targets for 23 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: The Cowboys' passing game didn't need to do much after three early Cincy fumbles led to 17 first-half points for Dallas, but Gallup still failed to take advantage of his opportunities. Despite consistent target volume, he's topped 50 receiving yards just once in the last five games heading into a potentially tough matchup in Week 15 against the 49ers.

Dec 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Paces air attack in loss

Gallup secured seven of 11 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 34-17 loss to the Ravens on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Coming off a six-catch effort on Thanksgiving Day against Washington, Gallup followed it up by pacing the Cowboys in receptions, receiving yardage and targets. The third-year wideout's yardage total was also his highest since Week 3, a welcome surge for fantasy managers at a critical time of year. Gallup will look to continue his upward trajectory while helping quarterback Andy Dalton extract some revenge on his former Bengals teammates in a favorable Week 14 road matchup.

Dec 8, 2020 8:23 PM EST

Six catches in Thanksgiving loss

Gallup caught six of eight targets for 41 yards in Thursday's 41-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: He tied Amari Cooper for the team lead in targets and catches on the afternoon, but while Cooper saw use as a downfield threat, Gallup's primary role was moving the chains. The third-year wideout's volume continues to trend up, and Gallup's seen 32 targets over the last four games, but it's resulted in only a meager 18-167-0 line. He's unlikely to break out in Week 13's tough matchup on the road against the Ravens.

Nov 26, 2020 5:43 PM EST

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