Much of the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys since last Thursday has been about the passing attack available to Mike McCarthy. Dak Prescott, with weapons like Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, put up numbers a season ago. Now with the addition of CeeDee Lamb — who will be wearing the iconic 88 — and McCarthy’s offensive system, this offense can take that next step in 2020.
There is a ton of optimism surrounding Dallas. Many believe the Cowboys have the best wide receiver trio in the National Football League — and it would be hard to argue that. Certainly other teams have impressive pass catchers, but Lamb could easily be the best WR3 across the league, assuming he lives up to his pedigree.
Along similar lines, the legendary Gil Brandt ranked the top quarterback and wide receiver pairings in the NFL heading into the upcoming season. Connections such as Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill and Drew Brees to Michael Thomas stand out. Where do Dak and Coop fall?
Brandt ranks the Cowboys pairing as the fourth best in the league going into next season. The Hall of Famer notes that the addition of Lamb “could have a positive impact on Cooper”.
4) Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys: The selection of Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick could have a positive impact on Cooper. If Lamb is able to develop quickly, Cooper could get more snaps in the slot, where he’ll be able to wreak havoc. Even if Lamb needs a bit of time, Cooper should still make the most of the contract extension to which he’s been signed, assuming he doesn’t have to deal with anything like the leg injuries that bothered him last year. Of course, this also presumes the franchise-tagged Prescott doesn’t hold out or miss time as he waits for a new contract.
Last season, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper connected 79 times for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Prescott was second in the league in passing yards with 4,902 while Cooper finished eighth in the league in receiving yards.
The Prescott-to-Cooper connection ranks higher than notable pairings such as Mahomes and Hill of the Chiefs (ranked fifth) and the new duo of Tom Brady and Mike Evans of the Buccaneers (ranked sixth) in Brandt’s list.
Brandt’s top three include the Saints’ pairing of Brees and Thomas, the Falcons’ connection of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, and the Cardinals’ new duo of the exciting Kyler Murray and All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins.
Where would you rank the Cowboys’ quarterback and wide receiver connection?