Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup is ready to get his NFL career back on track. Dallas’ third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft burst onto the scene with career-highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (1,107) and receiving touchdowns (six) at 23 years old in 2019. Then a gruesome, season-ending ankle injury to quarterback Dak Prescott hampered his development in 2020, and a season-ending torn ACL in Week 17 of the 2021 season against the Arizona Cardinals set him back much further.
The effects from coming back from the severe knee injury showed externally on the field — Gallup totaled a career-low 424 receiving yards last season — but he was also dealing with the mental hurdle of trusting his movements, which was nearly as big of an issue.
“I was thinking too much [last season],” Gallup said Wednesday, via The Athletic. “My knee was feeling sore and it was just different. I never really had it like that last year.”
A little more than 16 months removed from suffering the injury, Gallup is in a completely different place and confident he can return to form. Dallas is banking on it considering it signed him to a five-year, $57.5 million deal in the 2022 offseason, shortly after the injury.
“It’s different,” Gallup said when asked about his knee now. “I feel springy again.”
The 2023 season will also be different for Gallup because he will be returning to the role he thrived in, as the team’s third receiver, when he and quarterback Dak Prescott were last both healthy for an entire season and four-time Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper was on the roster. Once again,…