As soon as the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb with the 17th pick in the 2020 draft, the ridiculously high expectations that all of the Dallas Cowboys’ first round draft picks receive, were put in place.
Any rookie drafted to America’s Team in the first round has a little more pressure than the other 31 guys.
If you add that to Lamb’s incredible athletic ability and the fact that he fell 10 spots below where the Cowboys had him, the hype doubled and the Cowboys’ position in the Best Sportsbooks for the season show it.
As if that was not already enough pressure for CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jones gave him the number 88, which is the most historical number in Cowboys history. Legends such as Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant all wore 88.
Now it is Lamb’s turn to take over the number that has been vacant since Dez Bryant.
Despite all of the added pressure, CeeDee Lamb has thrived on his new team. There is not a bad word written about Lamb’s play during the team’s training camp. In fact the Dallas Cowboys website actually had him listed as the best receiver on the team. It is rare for any receiver to immediately be the best on his team, but it is especially surprising to hear this due to the other receivers on the Cowboys. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.
Both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup were 1,000-yard receivers last season. The Cooper and Gallup combo was one of the best duos in the NFL last year. Dallas boasted the second best passing attack in the league. It seems unfair to add Lamb to this team.
Another interesting situation worth noting is that CeeDee Lamb will not be the primary concern for defenses. He joins a team with a top running back in Ezekiel Elliott, and obviously is fellow WR corps buddies, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Lamb often got doubled, sometimes triple-teamed often during his time at Oklahoma. At least for now, that will not happen. It is going to be difficult for any defense to double any of these receivers. That means lots of single coverage.
CeeDee Lamb has an opportunity to push this offense over the edge, which is so rare for a rookie. He may not get as many targets here in Dallas as he would have somewhere else, but he gives an already multi-dimensional offense another dimension.
CeeDee Lamb and the Cowboys open up their season on SNF in LA against the Rams on 9/13.
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