The Dallas Cowboys will look a little different on offense in their upcoming battle with the New York Giants on Monday. Wide receiver, Michael Gallup, who has been a full participant in the last few practices, is expected to make his 2022 debut against the Cowboys’ division rival.
Cowboys WR Michael Gallup looked himself today inside Ford Center. This practice week is the final box before clearance to play Monday night at Giants. Expectation is he will check it. Gallup has stayed on track at every stage of his return from ACL tear. pic.twitter.com/Y67ktFv4j8— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 22, 2022
Gallup suffered a torn ACL in Week 17 of last season against the Arizona Cardinals and wasn’t expected back for at least a few more weeks originally. Now, the question becomes how many snaps will Gallup get in his first game in almost nine months?
Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy chimed in on that particular subject earlier in the week, and his answer was a conservative one.
“I don’t see Michael (Gallup) playing 70 plays in the game. It is his first game back,” said McCarthy.
Of course, the most important thing is the health of Gallup and the Cowboys certainly don’t want to put that in jeopardy. However, there will be critical moments in the game, and seeing as this is an NFC East matchup, the game could be tight in the fourth quarter.
McCarthy will then have some decisions to make. Although it appears Gallup will be on a pitch count, McCarthy may be inclined to let Gallup take a few more reps if he feels he can make a play or two that will put the Cowboys over the top and improve to 2-1.
Regardless, the Cowboys are getting a major weapon in their passing game back, and with a backup quarterback, Cooper Rush, being tasked with keeping the team afloat until Dak Prescott comes back, Gallup’s return couldn’t have come at a better time.
There’s another potential big beneficiary when it comes to Gallup suiting up on Monday.
CeeDee Lamb is coming off of a 1,100-yard season. As the Cowboys’ new No. 1 option through the air, teams are keying in on Lamb more, and it has worked in the first two games as he only has nine receptions for 104 on 22 targets. With Gallup back on the field, although he’ll need to knock some rust off, teams can’t do that as easily, which can lead to big plays for himself and Lamb with some one-on-one opportunities.
Lamb spoke on having Gallup back, and the former first-round pick was giddy, to say the least.
“Just having him back in the offense, it feels right, it feels normal,” said Lamb.
The effect that Gallup will have on Monday’s game for the Cowboys may not be huge on that stat. However, the threat of having him on the field will adjust some things defensively for the Giants and create chances for Lamb and others.Could not load the poll.
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