The Dallas Cowboys are putting a lot of eggs in one basket when it comes to wide receiver this year. CeeDee Lamb is set to be the WR1 to start the 2022 season in only his third year in the league, thanks to the team trading away Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup still recovering from an ACL tear.
While his teammates seem to have full faith in him, some fans aren’t sold on Lamb’s ability to lead this receiver corps. Many point out the high amount of drops he’s had or are simply unimpressed with his production despite the fact that he was the team’s leading receiver last year.
Or maybe the excess hatred comes from fans just expecting more, considering the Cowboys drafted for flash rather than need when they selected Lamb 17th overall over more pressing needs/non-luxury items.
Since getting drafted in the first round by the Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft, Lamb has collected 2,037 yards and 11 touchdowns on 153 receptions in 27 games started. He also has an average of 13.3 yards per carry in his first two years as a pro.
But when you compare him to the rest of the league at his age, what more can you really expect? Marcus Mosher, the host of the Locked On Cowboys podcast, posted a very interesting infographic of sorts to prove just how impressive Lamb is. Mosher collected stats for the amount of receiving yards collected by WRs in NFL history before the age of 23. Lamb was No. 8 on the list amongst some pretty impressive company.
Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb ranks 8th in NFL history for most receiving yards before the age of 23
It’s also important to note that most of these yards were accumulated with Andy Dalton or a partially injured Dak Prescott. Plus, he was competing with Cooper and Gallup for targets. Imagine what more he can do as the main guy.
The names ranked above Lamb are pretty remarkable. You have Justin Jefferson, who was picked just after Lamb in the 2020 NFL Draft, leading the charge. After that, you see some of the greatest receivers in the league’s history.
Hall of Famer Randy Moss went on to have a 14-year NFL career and currently ranks fourth on the list of all-time NFL receivers with 15,292 yards. The man ranked just above Lamb at No. 7 (Larry Fitzgerald) is currently second on the all-time receiving yards list with 17,492 yards.
Those are just some of the names above him. His first two years’ stats are better than that of Hall of Famers, Pro Bowlers, All-Pros, and Super Bowl champions. If he can clean up the drops and have a season with consistent targets from a healthy quarterback, imagine where this wide receiver can be at the end of this year.
If this stat shows us anything it’s that the best is likely yet to come from Lamb. The Cowboys are giving him a chance to be the best and hopefully, he can prove that he’s worthy of that shot.