While it may not seem like it due to the team’s lack of success, Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has had a tremendous rookie season in Dallas. Through 13 games, Lamb has hauled in 61 passes, for 742 yards, and four touchdowns. While he has left a handful of yards, and even a few touchdowns on the field (as all rookies do), his rookie-season has been tremendous.
Lamb has primarily lined up in the slot for the Cowboys, and has been one of the leagues best slot receivers in his first year out of Oklahoma. According to Pro Football Focus, Lamb currently has 660 yards out of the slot (ranked third in the NFL among all WR’s), 57 receptions out of the slot (ranked fourth in the NFL among all WR’s), and four touchdowns out of the slot (ranked t-fifth in the NFL among all WR’s).
What’s the most impressive thing about all of this is he’s been producing at a high-level even without ideal quarterback play and offensive line play. In the past, we’ve seen Cowboys receivers falloff when the starting quarterback has gone down, but both Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb have maintained their production since Dalton took over as the starter in week six.
With three games left in the season, Lamb will need to average 86 yards per game, in order to break the 1,000 yard mark in his rookie season, something only Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins will also do in 2020. While the 2020 season has been an extraordinary disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys, Lamb’s ability, development, and health are things to be extremely excited about heading into 2021. Getting Dak Prescott back (hopefully), and the offensive line back to full strength will only positively impact Lamb’s outlook in year-two, and set him up for an even bigger year.