CeeDee Lamb preparing to be the Cowboys‘No. 1 recipient this coming season.
And after parting ways with Amari Cooper during the offseason, the young stalwart had no choice but to step into the role.
It was a task he said he was willing to take on.
“I’m ready,” Lamb said last week about his new responsibility. “It’s just me and my competition. That’s in my nature. It’s kind of how we grew up playing football. I’m always willing to call my name.
“Just move forward no matter what the situation,” Lamb emphasized as one of his central goals for 2022. “First at the bottom, second at the bottom – always be that person everyone can trust. I want to be men. “
The Lambs carried 79 shots for 1,102 yards and six TDs in 2021 as Dak Prescott’s second option behind Cooper last season.
But without Coop in the mix this season, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has chances to move the No. 1 spot. 88 in different slots on the scrimmage line. According to FOX Sports writer Bucky Brooks, that freedom of maneuvering could get him upwards of 1,500 yards next season.
In a Friday article posted on NFL.com, Brooks wrote:
If the Lamb can touch as often as most of the Nos. 1 receiver around the league-the top-10 target overall from 146 to 191 last season-he should be able to quickly top the 100-catch mark and finish in a place of nearly 1,500 receiving yards. It’s possible he could also rack up double-digit touchdowns. Those kinds of numbers will not only put him in consideration as a top-five receiver, but he could compete for the receiving triple crown (reception, receiving yards and touchdown receptions) if Dak Prescott finds him. early and always in the passing game.
‘Boys head coach Mike McCarthy has a lot to expect from former Sooner.
“It’s a great opportunity for him personally,” McCarthy said this week. “I think the way we established the offense, especially in the passing game, was the ability of the guys to play in different positions, to make matchups and make it harder on defense to double you and that things – my point is, playing the slot last year and now playing the flanker position (where Cooper plays).
“And we understand his rise to Year 3, that he’ll get more attention from the defense. But he did all the little things necessary to prepare him to be the No. 1 guy.”
And in the mind of team owner Jerry Jones, Lamb is already a step away from Cooper.
Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Lamb could be an upgrade to the former WR1 in Dallas, citing Cooper’s injury issues as one reason for that. He emphasized that he did not ridicule Cooper, but the opinion that Lamb was a more complete option because of his “production, in the huddle and out of the field.”
Like his owner, Lamb is completely confident in his own abilities, and he approaches Prescott on a daily basis with a new locker next to his QB. That, in addition to 10 pounds of extra muscle can spell trouble for many secondarys around the league.
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