CeeDee Lamb able to be No. 1 receiver in Cowboys’ assault

By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author

OXNARD, Calif. — How can the youngest man within the room want a veteran’s break day? 

It is a heck of a juxtaposition, as a result of that first half is someway true. Except for undrafted rookie Dennis Houston, who’s simply two weeks youthful, CeeDee Lamb is the youngest large receiver on this Cowboys roster. 

And but, with a Professional Bowl underneath his belt — to not point out some lofty expectations awaiting him within the common season — it is the youngin’ who took a break day from the pains of coaching camp Saturday afternoon. 

Dak Prescott endorses CeeDee Lamb as Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver

Dak Prescott endorses CeeDee Lamb as Cowboys' No. 1 receiver

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott formally endorsed CeeDee Lamb because the crew’s new No. 1 receiver. Greg Jennings debates whether or not Lamb could be Dallas’ essential man.

“That’s one of Mike [McCarthy’s] traits, is to take care of the older guys …” Cowboys chief working officer Stephen Jones mentioned. “Zack Martin and Tyron Smith, they don’t need the grind. They need to be sharp, but they don’t need the grind.” 

There is a key distinction between Smith, Martin and Lamb, clearly. The previous two are properly into their 30s, stacking credentials to Corridor of Fame-caliber careers. 

Lamb simply turned 23, with an NFL eternity in entrance of him. 

No matter youth, that greater than something appears like an indicator of the place issues stand for Lamb coming into an all-important Yr 3. 

“He’s definitely ready,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy mentioned at first of camp. “You talk about the flanker position in this offense. That is the premier, number one spot for our receiver group.” 

It is a humorous thought {that a} man who has completed a lot within the NFL may not be prepared, however that speaks to the state of affairs Lamb stepped into again in 2020. 

These previous two seasons, Lamb fashioned the final a part of a terrifying trio of 1,000-yard receivers. Amari Cooper is clearly gone, traded to Cleveland in March. Michael Gallup confirmed final week that he’ll miss no less than a number of the common season. 

The world needs to know if Lamb can do it as the purpose man. To listen to it from him, the expertise working with receivers on the prime of their recreation is what makes Lamb suppose he can do that. 

“Without me going through what I went through my first two years, I don’t think I’d be as confident in myself as I am today,” Lamb mentioned. “Coop did a lot for me that I can expect more out of myself. He had a lot more confidence in me than I did my rookie year.” 

Cooper’s confidence would not appear to have wavered. The four-time Professional Bowler appeared on Dallas radio just lately and mentioned Lamb has “been ready” for a No. 1 position. Though he did throw within the caveat that it relied on whether or not offensive coordinator Kellen Moore determined to function him — a remark that many suppose was a jab supposed at Cooper’s utilization within the Cowboys’ scheme. 

No matter Cooper’s intent, Lamb mentioned he took the phrases as a praise from his good friend. He additionally did not hesitate when requested if he thought he’d be featured within the offense. “Most definitely,” he mentioned. 

Evidently, Lamb is on a really brief checklist of men who have to make it via this preseason unscathed. Whereas Gallup is sidelined, Lamb and tight finish Dalton Schultz are the one beginning pass-catchers coming back from final 12 months’s passing assault. 

The opposite roles have been stuffed by both newcomers akin to James Washington, or rookies akin to Jalen Tolbert. 

It is not misplaced on quarterback Dak Prescott, who understands Lamb goes to be a key ingredient of maintaining final 12 months’s finest offense on observe in 2022. 

“I feel like we had a good connection, but just knowing that he’s going to be a guy that we’re going to count on, and he understands that,” Prescott mentioned. “That’s why I credit his mentality. I credit his approach and just the way that he showed up each and every day in the offseason.” 

The early returns look good. 

Lamb is unquestionably a focus of this offense, typically transferring in movement when the starters take the sphere. On Friday, he made his first highlight-reel play with a one-armed seize of a Prescott flag route 20 yards downfield. That has develop into the norm at Cowboys coaching camp, going again to his rookie 12 months. 

Now comes time to take heart stage. And for no matter questions would possibly linger on the skin, there’s zero doubt inside this camp that he’ll accomplish that simply fantastic. 

“He’s built for it. He came in here making plays,” Gallup mentioned. “Everybody knew about CeeDee Lamb before he even stepped on the field. So, he’s definitely got it under his belt. He’s going to do what he does.”

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities, offering day by day perception and evaluation on the NFL’s most seen franchise. Previous to becoming a member of FOX, David spent 9 seasons overlaying the Cowboys for the crew’s official web site, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he gained a regional Emmy for his position in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” concerning the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State.

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