With his performance last season, CeeDee Lamb cemented himself as one of the best receivers in the NFL. While Lamb had shown star potential over his first three years, 2022 marked the first time he looked the part of a superstar.
Entering his age-24 season, it stands to reason that Lamb is still two years away from entering his prime. That's a scary thought for NFL defenses give he just finished fourth in receptions, sixth in receiving yards and fourth in touchdowns amongst receivers.
While Lamb might not rank as prominently this season following Brandin Cooks' arrival, you could argue that No. 88 will be a better version of himself now that he'll share the field with a legitimate number two option.
Folks also shouldn't discount how much Lamb will learn from Cooks.
While Cooks only touched down in Dallas in March, Lamb essentially admitted to mirroring the veteran's everyday habits.
CeeDee Lamb already learning from Brandin Cooks is great news for the Cowboys.
“I’m a visual learner and I’m just watching him as he runs his routes, the way he preps, the way he practices, how he goes about his business. I love each and every part of it,” Lamb said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “I mean, he’s a professional to a 'T'. My coach told me bringing him in will be the best thing for me and it is.”
That, right there, is music to the ears of Cowboys fans.
Remember last season when Lamb revealed that T.Y. Hilton took on a mentorship role after the Cowboys signed Hilton in December?
Lamb and Hilton bounced criticisms off each other and Lamb deferred to the veteran, who had a decade of experience in the NFL before joining Dallas, when it came to the intricacies of the position, including route running and releases.
Though Lamb is already great and knows what it'll take to continue reaching new levels, the importance of soaking up knowledge from an established veteran cannot be understated for an up-and-coming superstar.
Hilton was a huge presence for Lamb in 2022, but it seems plausible that Cooks will make an even greater impact on the second-team All-Pro.
Not only will Cooks contribute more on a week-to-week basis, but Lamb has a full offseason to familiarize himself with the 29-year-old's everyday habits.
Even better? Cooks agreeing to restructure post-trade all but confirms he'll be back with the Cowboys next season. That means another year of mentoring Lamb, who'll hopefully have a freshly-signed contract extension by the time he and Cooks reunite next offseason.