2. CeeDee Lamb Has 100+ Catches, 1,500+ Receiving Yards, and 10+ Receiving TDs
The Cowboys are a historic franchise. That’s due to them being America’s Team, winning five Super Bowls, and the stars (not just the logo) that played for the team.
The line of wide receivers to wear the number 88 for the Cowboys consists only of players that were (at least at one point) a dominant receiver in the NFL. It all started with Drew Pearson (’73 to ’83), followed by Michael Irvin (’88 to ’99), Dez Bryant (’10 to ’16), and now CeeDee Lamb since 2020.
It was a shock that Lamb was still available at the 17th spot in the 2020 NFL Draft, in a year where Dallas didn’t need a top-notch wideout. The talent and potential were too good for owner Jerry Jones to pass up.
Upon drafting the Oklahoma Sooner, Cowboys Nation went wild, and rightfully so. It seemed like a new era of dominance had begun after announcing the Cowboys handed the legendary number to him.
In his first two seasons with the star on his helmet, Lamb took a back seat primarily to Cooper. Now, with the five-time 1,000-yard receiver in Cleveland, the spotlight is on Lamb to take on the critical role of being the WR1 in the biggest football market.
This season is his opportunity to live up to the No. 88 legacy and play among the best wideouts in the league. With the passing attack leading the way lately, Lamb will need to reach career-highs in every category to be among the best at his position.
He must catch 100+ passes for 1,500+ yards and 10+ touchdowns to ensure he makes that mark. There is only one time a Cowboy reached that mark, and it was Irvin back in 1995. Last year, Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, and Justin Jefferson were the only wideouts to do it.
All of those names saw more than 160 targets to achieve those statistics. CeeDee would need 40 more than he got last season to reach it. He would also need an extra 21 catches, 398 yards, and four touchdowns. It is realistic.
Some touches are free now with the departure of Cooper and another wideout in Cedrick Wilson. Lamb will get a large chunk of those, allowing him to (hopefully) be the second Cowboy to have 100+ catches, 1,500+ receiving yards, and 10+ receiving touchdowns.