A quarterback’s relationship with his receivers is incredibly important. Dallas Cowboys pass-thrower Dak Prescott knows it. He built a strong connection with Amari Cooper while he was in Dallas and now plans to do the same with the young receiver Prescott has no doubt can be “the main guy” in Cooper’s absence. That receiver is soon-to-be third-year Cowboy CeeDee Lamb.
Lamb and Prescott certainly have built-in chemistry. In 20 games with Prescott at the helm, the Oklahoma product has 102 catches for 1,423 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s not too shabby. But a move made during the Cowboys’ OTAs this week shows that the Cowboys QB is trying to make that connection continue both on and off the field.
On Wednesday, Prescott told reporters that he asked for his new WR1’s locker to be moved closer to his. The quarterback joked that he made the move because he “was a little lonely” after his previous two locker buddies left. In reality, it shows a strong gesture that the leader wants to continue to communicate and grow with the young receiver for a long time to come.
Having a quarterback who cares about your growth is important. But Prescott has believed in Lamb’s ability for months now. Over two months ago, he had this to say about Lamb:
"“It’s exciting, knowing this is only the beginning. He hasn’t even scratched the surface. For him to be the main guy, I know he’s ready for it.”"
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott asked for CeeDee Lamb’s locker to be moved next to his
Prescott isn’t the only person ready to see the Oklahoma product shine. Lamb has been ready to step up to this new role for a while. The immense pressure being put on his shoulders doesn’t seem to bother him either. He’s always been preparing for his name to be called, and he’s done a lot of work, specifically this offseason, too.
According to Jon Machota, the former 17th overall pick gained 10 pounds of muscle and grew half an inch this offseason. That’s hard to do in under four months. Lamb has already been a top target for Prescott, but now, the 23-year-old will need to be the top dog in order for this offense to make an impact in 2022.
Big expectations will be on the young receiver this season. Thankfully, he and Prescott are well underway in terms of getting critical offseason reps in and working out any kinks in the system. The rest of the receiving corps, on the other hand, may be falling a bit behind. James Washington and Jalen Tolbert did not practice in Wednesday’s OTAs due to injury and Michael Gallup is still deep in ACL recovery.
The league’s top analysts all believe this can be a breakout year for the young Cowboy. Hopefully, this (literally) close connection with his quarterback will help make that happen.