In March, the Dallas Cowboys made a giant move by trading receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. Cooper was second on the team in receiving yards behind just CeeDee Lamb.
With Cooper gone, Lamb, who’s entering his third season with the Cowboys after being chosen with the seventeenth overall pick in 2020, is Dallas’ unquestioned No. 1 receiver for quarterback Dak Prescott to focus on.
Through his first two seasons within the league, Lamb has – within the opinion of many – shown that it’s only a matter of time before he’s considered certainly one of the highest players at his position. A recent article by ESPN, which surveyed 50 NFL executives, showed that Lamb, 23, is already seen in in a positive light, being named as an honorable mention behind the list of top 10 receivers.
But not top 10. Not yet.
Top 10 receivers from the survey:
1. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders
2. Cooper Kupp, Las Angeles Rams
3. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
4. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
5. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins
6. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
7. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
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8. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
10. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks
Honorable mentions: Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers), A.J. Brown (Philadelphia Eagles), Terry McLaurin (Washington Commanders), Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Michael Thomas (Recent Orleans Saints), CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys), Mike Williams (Los Angeles Chargers)
Also receiving votes: Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings), Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks), Diontae Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Odell Beckham Jr. (free agent), Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals)
Lamb’s former running mate, Cooper, was not on the list in any respect.
Last season was the very best of Lamb’s profession. He caught 79 passes for 1102 yards and 6 touchdowns, making his first Pro Bowl. He also added nine rushes for 76 yards.
With Cooper now gone and Michael Gallup possibly going to miss a while after tearing his ACL last season, the targets and opportunities will probably be ample for Lamb. It’s clear he has the eye of individuals across the NFL, and this season he will probably be given a likelihood to prove himself as certainly one of the league’s best.
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