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Cowboys’ Michael Gallup was set to debut in 2022 vs. Giants: Coach Mike McCarthy says WR would count soon

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Reinforcements appear to be on their way for the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Mike McCarthy told assembled media on Thursday that he expects a wide receiver Michael Gallup until makes its season debut Monday night against the New York Giantsthough he later backtracked it a bit and said it was a “heap.”

Gallup, who has been out since he tore his ACL during the Cowboys’ Week 17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last season, will count in an instant, assuming he plays.

Gallup, a former third-round pick, has functioned as the Cowboys’ main deep threat for much of his career. Opposite works Amari Cooper and later CeeDee LambGallup has a total of 193 catches for 2,902 yards and 15 touchdowns. He signed a $57 million five-year contract with $23 million in guarantees to stay with the Cowboys this offseason, despite the torn ACL.

During the first two weeks of the season, Noah Brown has functioned as Dallas’ No. 2 receiver behind Lamb, after Cooper was traded to the browns and Cedrick Wilson signed with the dolphins. Unwritten Free Agent Dennis Houston had worked as the #3, but he was fired this week, presumably to pave the way for Gallup’s return to the lineup.

The Cowboys are certainly hoping that Gallup can add a vertical element that was desperately missing in their attack, and that it can pull cover deeper into the field to clear the way for tight end Lamb. Dalton Schultzoand running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to work across the center and in shorter areas. He probably won’t be at full strength right away, and McCarthy’s indication that he’ll be counting soon acknowledges that fact.

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Dallas is also looking for Roof Prescott back on the field in the coming weeks. He and Gallup are close, and he reportedly advocated keeping the receiver for the off-season. His presence in the lineup will certainly help Prescott recover from his disastrous Week 1 performance against the pirateswhen he can get himself back on the field.

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