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Michael Gallup

Raiders will take a look at former Cowboy

The Raiders are taking a flyer on Michael Gallup, but on a speculative deal. I don’t think there’s any chance of him getting back to where he was prior to the ACL injury he suffered in 2021.

Gallup at one time looked like an above-average deep threat. He caught 66 passes for 1,107 yards and 6 TDs in 2019, averaging 16.8 yards per catch. The Cowboys thought enough of him that even after his ACL surgery, they signed him to a five-year extension worth $62.5 million. But he never saw most of that money, and now the Raiders have him at one year for $1.75 million, as he tries to work his way back.

But as poorly as Gallup has played the last two years, I’m not sure he’ll even make Las Vegas’ final roster. It’s iffy hoping on him to be anything more than a lesser third receiver. Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers are locked in as starters, and I don’t think they’ll be using many three-receiver sets anyway (with them holding a pair of up-and-coming tight ends).

Since his injury, Gallup has caught fewer than 40 passes in back-to-back seasons and averaged only 11.1 yards per catch. The Cowboys have thrown 58 touchdown passes in the last two years, and he’s caught only 6 of them.

Gallup was outplayed at times by Noah Brown in 2022, and he ended up sharing time with Jalen Tolbert last year as a third option behind CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks.

Gallup seems to have lost some burst, and his hands are iffy. Even back during his one big season, he had 11 drops. Since coming back from his injury, 64 wide receivers have seen at least 100 targets, and Gallup has the worst drop rate of all of them.

I’ve got him down as a hard pass.

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2.Justin Jefferson23319663.0%
3.Keenan Allen21817473.9%
4.Rashid Shaheed1047433.9%
5.Chris Godwin23718784.1%
6.Jordan Addison1087034.1%
7.Tyler Lockett20816374.1%
8.Michael Pittman26120894.1%
9.Jakobi Meyers17713864.2%
10.George Pickens16111554.2%
11.Cooper Kupp17213464.3%
12.Wan'Dale Robinson1028344.6%
13.CeeDee Lamb294242124.7%
14.Drake London18514174.7%
15.Terry McLaurin21215684.9%
16.Zay Flowers1087744.9%
17.Adam Thielen20917394.9%
18.Amon-Ra St. Brown274225125.1%
19.Curtis Samuel16012675.3%
20.Jerry Jeudy15912175.5%
21.Brandon Aiyuk19015395.6%
22.A.J. Brown251194125.8%
23.Tyler Boyd15912586.0%
24.DeAndre Hopkins20613996.1%
25.K.J. Osborn13710876.1%
26.Diontae Johnson18013796.2%
27.Garrett Wilson256178126.3%
28.Marquise Brown17211886.3%
29.DJ Moore206159116.5%
30.Darnell Mooney1037156.6%
31.Mike Evans217156116.6%
32.Brandin Cooks14311186.7%
33.Elijah Moore1439676.8%
34.DeVonta Smith215176136.9%
35.Davante Adams282203156.9%
36.Stefon Diggs276215166.9%
37.JuJu Smith-Schuster13110787.0%
38.Jaylen Waddle186147117.0%
39.Christian Kirk176141117.2%
40.Calvin Ridley1367667.3%
41.Chris Olave217159137.6%
42.Josh Palmer13911097.6%
43.Alec Pierce1097367.6%
44.Tyreek Hill298238207.8%
45.JaMarr Chase243187167.9%
46.Robert Woods1329387.9%
47.DK Metcalf216156148.2%
48.Deebo Samuel154116118.7%
49.Rashee Rice1027989.2%
50.Josh Reynolds1067889.3%
51.Darius Slayton13296109.4%
52.Rondale Moore10981910.0%
53.Noah Brown10476910.6%
54.Allen Lazard115831010.8%
55.Zay Jones1591161410.8%
56.Courtland Sutton1631231510.9%
57.Puka Nacua1601051311.0%
58.Amari Cooper2181501911.2%
59.Gabe Davis138931211.4%
60.Tee Higgins1581161511.5%
61.Jahan Dotson124841111.6%
62.DJ Chark10165912.2%
63.Romeo Doubs1471011512.9%
64.Michael Gallup102731113.1%

—Ian Allan

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