Jerry Jones envisions CeeDee Lamb as a better No. 1 wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys than Amari Cooper ever was for America’s Team.
No doubt about it, Jerry Jones sees CeeDee Lamb not only succeeding in the No. 1 wide receiver role for the Dallas Cowboys, but being better than Amari Cooper ever was occupying that spot.
Jones told Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “that CeeDee Lamb will be an upgrade over Cooper as a true No. 1 receiver in the Cowboys offense.”
Dallas took Lamb in the middle of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma two springs ago. Lamb is coming off his first Pro Bowl campaign with 79 catches for 1,102 yards and six receiving touchdowns. While he was an unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver in the Big 12, Lamb does have to replace a four-time Pro Bowler as the focal point of the Cowboys’ passing offense.
Frankly, Lamb’s production made Cooper expendable, as he was dealt to the Cleveland Browns.
Regardless of how Jones feels about the “upgrade”, the only thing that matters is how starting quarterback Dak Prescott adapts to the change of guard within the Dallas receiving corps.
Jerry Jones believes CeeDee Lamb can be a better No. 1 WR than Amari Cooper
On the surface, it does seem like Prescott is in favor of going forward with Lamb as the No. 1.
“I decided, you know, he’s the guy,” said Prescott. “Just me knowing that hopefully he’s my receiver until I’m done playing. Just bring him closer. More conversation since he’s right there accessible to talk just communicate.”
Not only did Prescott have Lamb’s locker placed right next to his, but he expects his new No. 1 wide receiver to grow into the role because of Lamb’s knowledge of the playbook, as well as the work he puts in constantly.
“Wherever we put him he’s locked in and he’s getting better and he’s growing,” continued Prescott. “So we’re always taking a step and now for him to step in the shoes of the No. 1 receiver I know he’s excited to wear those pants I guess you could say and make the most of it.”
Though Dallas should be favored to repeat in the NFC East this fall, it has been well over a decade since this division has had a repeat champion. Not to say the Cowboys will pull back after the moves they made this offseason, but the Philadelphia Eagles were a playoff team a year ago and the Washington Commanders won the NFC East in 2020 when they were merely a Football Team.
No matter how ready Lamb is for this expanded receiving role, or not, Dallas’ season hinges on largely two things: The play of Prescott and the coaching abilities of Mike McCarthy. Dallas needs both to be approaching optimal levels if the Cowboys want to achieve all they can this year. If all goes according to plan, this team can get to the NFC Championship game for first time since 1995.
If Lamb continues to build on his first two years in the NFL, Dallas will be just fine without Cooper.