You can make the argument that the Dallas Cowboys have the league MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons all had marvelous seasons, but Lamb's campaign was borderline historic.
By the end of 2022, Lamb was well-established as a top-10 receiver. He finished fourth at the position in receptions, sixth in yards and fourth in touchdowns. At least 42 (!) of his catches went for 15 yards or more, which was the third-most among wideouts, per Pro Football Focus.
Despite that, Lamb entered this season with multiple skeptics. Is he just a top-10 guy? Could he ascend to the elite tier composed of Tyreek Hill, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Davante Adams, and Cooper Kupp? These are just some of the questions that followed Lamb during the course of the offseason.
Some of the doubts bled into the 2023 regular season. Look no further than Fox's Richard Sherman, who proclaimed on "Undisputed" after the Cowboys loss to the 49ers in October that Lamb isn't a WR1 in the league.
Dez Bryant unearthed Sherman's take after Dallas clinched the NFC East on Sunday, to which Lamb replied with a tongue-in-cheek diss.
Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb breaks social media silence to diss hater Richard Sherman
Credit to Bryant for not letting Sherman live this down. For those who don't remember just how disrespectful and off-base Sherman's take was, he called Lamb overrated and listed 10 receivers he'd take over the Cowboys superstar.
“So you’re saying he’s in a conversation with Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, A.J. Brown, Cooper Kupp, Deebo Samuel, Terry McLaurin and Mike Evans? Then you’re not watching it,” Sherman said.
The former cornerback proceeded to place Lamb into a tier just below that bracket. The receivers Sherman mentioned? Jaylen Waddle, Tyler Lockett and Garrett Wilson, the former two of whom have never been No. 1 WRs in their careers. Wilson, meanwhile, was just five weeks into his second season.
Has there been a worse take in the NFL this season? You'd be hard-pressed to find one, though there's certainly something egregious out there regarding Dak Prescott. (Looking at you LeSean McCoy and Dan Orlovsky).
The fact Lamb broke his social media silence to address Sherman's awful take suggests he took it personally. Lamb hadn't tweeted since October, when he penned a simple "lol" seemingly in response to Sherman's take.
Since Sherman spewed this nonsense, no receiver had more catches, receiving yards, scrimmage yards and touchdown catches than Lamb over the final 12 games. In totality, Lamb finished the campaign first in catches, targets and scrimmage yards, as well as second in receiving yards and third in touchdowns.
To revisit our earlier question, yes, Lamb can ascend to that elite tier. He's even leapfrogged the likes of Adams, Kupp and even Ja'Marr Chase, who's tailed off some after a record-setting rookie year in 2021.
Simply put, there isn't three receivers in the NFL you're taking over Lamb. Sherman's hamstrings are going to be on fire once (or if) he backpedals on this take.