3 Cowboys on Thin Ice Heading Into the Playoffs

Expectations for the Cowboys are high as they begin their journey toward Super Bowl LVIII. With that in mind, these three Dallas players are on thin ice this postseason.
Tony Pollard is one of three Cowboys who are on thin ice this postseason.
Tony Pollard is one of three Cowboys who are on thin ice this postseason. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Michael Gallup, WR

Michael Gallup's career development has been frustrating, to say the least.

A third-round pick in 2018, Gallup displayed a lot of potential during his sophomore campaign as he amassed 1,107 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 66 receptions. He was seen as someone who could be a consistent WR2 for years to come with some WR1 upside with the right matchup.

Unfortunately, Gallup hasn't come close to reaching those heights since then. He racked up 842 yards in 2020 but has struggled to even come close to matching half of that production since then, finishing with 445 or fewer receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.

The bad news is that Gallup only got worse as the 2023 campaign went on. After turning 28 catches into 357 yards and a touchdown in the first nine games of the season, the 27-year-old pass-catcher only yielded a 6-61-1 stat line in the final six games to close out the campaign.

For reference, that abysmal performance put him on pace for a 17-173-3 stat line in 17-games.

Even though there are still three years remaining on his five-year, $57.5 million contract, it isn't guaranteed that Gallup will be back next season. Spotrac indicates that the Cowboys can save $8.7 million in cap space if they waive the former Colorado State product after June 1.

In other words, if Gallup continues his Invisible Man act into the playoffs, there's a decent chance he'll be playing elsewhere later in 2024.