Cowboys’ Michael Gallup is set to debut in 2022. Giants: Coach Mike McCarthy says WR snaps will count

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The Dallas Cowboys have reinforcements. Head coach Mike McCarthy told the assembled media Thursday that he expects wide receiver Michael Gallup. His season debut Monday night against the New York Giants.

Gallup, who has been out since tearing his ACL during the Cowboys’ Week 17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last season, will be in the snap count.

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A former third-round pick, Gallup served as the Cowboys’ primary deep threat for most of his career. Working opposite Amari Cooper and later CeeDee Lamb, Gallup totaled 193 catches for 2,902 yards and 15 touchdowns. Despite a torn ACL, he signed a five-year, $57 million deal with $23 million guaranteed to stay with the Cowboys this season.

Through the first two weeks of the season, Noah Brown was Dallas’ no. After 2 receivers behind Lamb, Cooper Brown and Cedric Wilson were signed with the Dolphins. Undrafted free agent Dennis Houston no. 3, but he was waived this week, which should help clear the way for Gallup to return to the lineup.

The Cowboys certainly hope Gallup can add a vertical element missing from their offense and draw coverage deep down the field to make way for Lamb, tight end Dalton Schultz and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. In medium and short areas. McCarthy’s hint that he won’t be at full strength right away and will be a snap count acknowledges that fact.

Dallas will be looking to get Dak Prescott back on the field in the coming weeks. He and Gallup have a close bond, and he argued in favor of keeping the receiver this offseason. His presence in the lineup will certainly help whenever Prescott gets back on the field as he bounces back from his disastrous Week 1 performance against the Buccaneers.

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