PFF believes Cowboys CeeDee Lamb will ball out in 2021

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys selected Oklahoma wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb, with the 17th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. And they did so despite already having talented receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup on the roster.

In his first season in Dallas, Lamb shined. He was targeted 111 times and brought in 74 catches for 935 yards and five touchdowns. 46 of those receptions resulted in first downs. Lamb also had a rushing touchdown and another score via special teams.

Lamb’s first year in Dallas is viewed as an overwhelming success. But his second season could be even better. Lamb’s numbers came last year despite starting quarterback Dak Prescott playing in only five games due to a season-ending ankle injury. With Prescott now healthy, Lamb’s production should skyrocket.

Here’s what Zach Tantillo of the football analytics website, Pro Football Focus, wrote about Lamb after selecting the Cowboys’ second-year receiver as a breakout candidate for the upcoming season.

"“Lamb lined up in the slot on 93.2% of his receiving snaps in 2020 and cemented himself as one of the league’s best slot receivers as a rookie. In fact, he put up the best rookie performance from the slot PFF has ever seen. His 69 catches and 877 yards both rank first since PFF started tracking data in 2006. With Prescott back at the helm, expect Lamb to ball out in 2021.”"

In a recent post, we predicted that Lamb will approach the century mark in receptions in his second season in Dallas. And we also expect him to blow past the 1,000 receiving yard milestone in 2021.

As a rookie, the Cowboys coaching staff only seemed to only scratch the surface of Lamb’s potential as a playmaker. You have to believe offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will place the second-year phenom in a much better position to make plays now that he’s work with him for a full year and following a proper offseason training program together.

The biggest issue for the Cowboys could be spreading the ball to its various playmakers. Prescott will have plenty of mouths to feed, but there should be a special focus on Lamb as he’s likely the most dynamic weapon the team has after the catch.

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Fans of the Dallas Cowboys should expect to see plenty of No. 88 on special teams as well. CeeDee Lamb proved to be a solid returner, averaging 7.2 per return on 24 punts as a rookie. And Lamb’s lone kickoff return … went for 47 yards and a touchdown.