By David Helman
Writer of FOX Sports Dallas Cowboys
OXNARD, Calif. – How could the youngest guy in the room need a veteran’s day off?
And yet, with a Pro Bowl down the line – not to mention some lofty expectations awaiting him in the regular season – it’s the youngster who took a day off from the rigors of training camp on Monday afternoon. Seven.
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“It’s one of the Mike [McCarthy’s] characteristic, is interested in older people… “Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said.”Zack Martin and Tyron Smith, they do not need to grind. They need to be sharp, but they don’t need sharpening. ”
It is clear that there is a key difference between Smith, Martin and Lamb. The former two, both in their 30s, have multiple certifications for careers of the caliber of the Hall of Fame.
Lamb just turned 23, with a permanent NFL in front of him.
Regardless of age, that more than anything feels like an indicator of where things are as Lamb enters an all-important Year 3.
“He’s definitely ready,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said at the start of camp. “You talk about the flank position in this offense. It’s the top spot, number one for our group of recipients.”
It’s a funny thought that a guy who has achieved so much in the NFL might not be ready, but it speaks to the situation Lamb has faced in 2020.
For the past two seasons, Lamb has been the final member of a trio of terrifying fall trees at 1,000 yards. Amari Cooper apparently gone, traded to Cleveland in March. Michael Gallup confirmed last week that he will miss at least some of the regular season.
The world wants to know if Lamb can do it like an important man. To hear that from him, their experience working with receivers at the top of their game is what makes Lamb think he can do this.
“If it weren’t for me going through what I went through the first two years, I don’t think I would be as confident in myself as I am today,” Lamb said. “Coop has done so many things for me that I can expect more from myself. He has trusted in me so much more than in my rookie year.”
Cooper’s confidence didn’t seem to be shaken. Pro Bowler appeared four times on Dallas radio recently and said Lamb was “ready” for a No. 1 role. Though he warned in advance that it depends on whether the offensive coordinator Whether or not Kellen Moore has decided to recommend him – a comment many consider to be a sarcasm aimed at the use of Cooper in the Cowboy scheme.
Despite Cooper’s intentions, Lamb said he took these words as a compliment from his friend. He also didn’t hesitate when asked if he thought he would commit a crime. “Most definitely,” he said.
Needless to say, Lamb is on the very short list of guys who need to get through this preseason unscathed. While Gallup is eliminated, Lamb and tight finish Dalton Schultz are the only starting pass catchers back from last year’s pass attack.
It’s not lost on midfield Dak Prescottwho understand that Lamb will be a key factor in keeping last year’s best run in 2022.
“I feel we have a good relationship, but just know that he’s going to be a guy we’re going to trust and he understands that,” Prescott said. “That’s why I credit his mentality. I appreciate his approach and just the way he performed every day of the season.”
Early returns look good.
Lamb is definitely the focal point of this offense, often moving as players start to compete on the field. On Friday, he made his first highlight-reel game with one hand clutching a Prescott flag on a 20-foot schoolyard. That has been the norm at Cowboys’ training camp since his rookie year.
Now it’s time to take center stage. And for any questions that may linger outside, there is no doubt in this camp that he will do so as well.
“He was built for it. He came here for the play,” Gallup said. “Everybody knows about CeeDee Lamb before he even stepped on the pitch. So he definitely understands that. He’s going to do what he does.”
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports, providing daily insights and analysis on the NFL’s most visible franchise. Prior to joining FOX, David spent nine seasons with the Cowboys for the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” about the quarterback quartet’s time at Mississippi State.
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