With CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks operating as Dak Prescott’s top targets, the Dallas Cowboys suddenly have a high-level receiver room.
To every fan’s pleasure, the team isn’t resting on its laurels after wheeling and dealing for Cooks, as they’ve met with several WR prospects, including potential first-round picks Zay Flowers, Quentin Johnston and Jalin Hyatt.
The idea of adding another wideout is mouthwatering, but we’re just as eager to witness the leap Lamb makes in 2023 after a career year.
Lamb officially took the form of a WR1 — one of the best in the league at that — after he caught 107 passes for 1,359 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranked in the top six amongst receivers in each category, QBs had a 104.6 passer rating when targeting him and he dropped just five of 112 catchable passes.
It’d be silly to put a ceiling on Lamb, but everyone realizes he can catapult into the top-five players at the position with another statement year.
We wouldn’t bet against the 23-year-old, especially after his latest workout request down in South Florida with noted trainer Nick Hicks.
Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb taking his game to another level in the offseason.
Just so we’re clear: one of the NFL’s best receivers in terms of producing yards after the catch is trying to become even more dominant in that department? Got it. Say a prayer for the Cowboys’ 2023 opponents, because Lamb is about to be unstoppable next season.
Think about how awesome Lamb was last year. Now, he has a better understanding of team’s approach to defend him and a proper No. 2 in Cooks to take some of the attention away from him. Couple that with his elite mentality and hunger to be great, and you have the surefire makings of a superstar.
Of course, most of Cowboys Nation would argue Lamb’s already in that conversation. The first tier of receivers likely includes Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and Ja’Marr Chase. Lamb is no lower than the second tier entering Year 4, right alongside Cooper Kupp, Stefon Diggs, and division rival AJ Brown.
Perhaps the biggest knock on Lamb to start his career was dropped passes. As we noted earlier, the two-time Pro Bowler dropped just five passes in 2022, lowering his drop percentage from 6.7% in 2021 to 3.8% last season.
There was some miscommunication issues between Lamb and Dak Prescott that led to some ugly and back-breaking interceptions. As long as that gets sorted out, there’s nothing stopping Lamb from making another leap on the wide receiver ladder because no defender is going to be able to tackle him in the open field.