Gallup caught his only target for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
The rookie created some buzz with an impressive TD catch early in the preseason, but Gallup's actual NFL debut was something of a bust, although the entire Cowboys passing game struggled in the loss. Until the team shows an ability to move the ball downfield consistently, its receivers will be risky fantasy plays -- Gallup included.
Gallup caught four of six targets for 29 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against Houston.
The rookie wideout saw a bunch of short throws from backup quarterback Cooper Rush, who produced just 83 yards on 25 pass attempts. Gallup finishes the preseason with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets, having done little of consequence since he hooked up with Dak Prescott for a 30-yard score in the exhibition opener. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently said he expects Gallup to have an immediate role in the offense, but it isn't quite clear how the third-round pick will be deployed. Gallup likely will come off the bench Week 1in Carolina, with potential to push for a starting job as the season moves along.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Gallup to have an immediate role on offense, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. "[Gallup]'s working toward consistency, confidence with his quarterback, all of those things," Jones said. "I think he's going to start off. Opening day, he'll be part of our plan."
Gallup has shown a strong connection with Dak Prescott through two weeks of the preseason, catching three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown while playing with the Cowboys' starting quarterback. The rookie third-round pick seems to be making an even stronger impression in practice, with Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill Jr. suggesting Friday that Gallup will open the season as a starter. There's no guarantee Gallup actually pushes Terrance Williams out of a starting job before Week 1, but it does at least seem that the rookie has put his 28-year-old teammate on the hot seat.
Gallup has received some reps with the first-team offense in practice during the early part of training camp, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
That says as much about the state of the Cowboys' depth chart at wide receiver as it does about Gallup's development, but the 2018 third-round pick has shown some early flashes of ability already, using his impressive wingspan to high-point passes in traffic. The rookie will need to continue improving and show more consistency if he's going to have a significant role this season, but so far Gallup appears to be on the right track.
|3||9/23/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|