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How Michael Gallup’s Absence Benefits Cowboys Wide Receivers ?

Gallup admitted that a Week 1 return for him is "not a reasonable possibility." What does that mean for rest of Dallas' receivers?

The Dallas Cowboys receiver room is loaded with talent this season, but the group that takes the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 will be missing an important piece.

Dallas receiver Michael Gallup, who is still recovering from a torn ACL, admitted Thursday at Cowboys training camp that a Week 1 return was “not a reasonable possibility.”

During the first part of training camp in Oxnard, Calif. this week, he even gave CowboysSI.com some exclusive insight on his recovery, mindset, and sideline leadership, noting that he’s enjoying serving as a “coach.”

As the offense looks to rely on third-year pass-catcher CeeDee Lamb as its primary target, questions remain about receivers such as third-round rookie Jalbert Tolbert, former Pittsburgh Steeler James Washington, and newly-signed USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin.

Washington has the most experience of the three, with four years under his belt, while Tolbert and Turpin are unproven products with a lot of potential.

However, Gallup’s early-season absence, which limits the team’s overall passing production, may be a blessing in disguise for these three and the rest of the receiving depth chart.

Developing familiarity with one another and quarterback Dak Prescott on the field and in games rather than on the sidelines could help the team later in the season when depth at that position is most required.

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