Many expect the 2020 Dallas Cowboys offense to be electric. Dak Prescott took another step in his development last year, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are both 1,000 yard wideouts, and Mike McCarthy has a proven track record of engineering successful passing attacks.
The addition of a blue-chip talent such as CeeDee Lamb and retaining Kellen Moore as the offensive coordinator has many Cowboys fans thinking big whenever America’s Team steps back on to the football field.
Dallas did lose two important pass catchers from a season ago in Randall Cobb and Jason Witten, but it may actually be a case of addition by subtraction for Prescott and this offense. Cobb has a history of drops, while the future Hall of Fame tight end struggled in that area last season as well.
Dak Prescott lost the fourth-most EPA due to dropped passes.— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) May 11, 2020
Jason Witten (6) ranked 34 of 39 TEs in drop rate.
Randall Cobb (9) ranked 82 of 85 WRs in drop rate.
Dallas dropped both. https://t.co/1jSJo6oq0b
Dak Prescott has very high odds to win NFL MVP next season.
Because of factors such as the hiring of McCarthy, re-signing Amari Cooper, the drafting of Lamb, and retaining Moore, many are expecting Prescott to build on his successful 2019 season. There is no denying that the rising fifth-year quarterback has improved in accuracy, mechanics, and footwork, and that translated to the field last season.
According to Caesars Sportsbook. the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback has the third best odds to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award next season.
The last non-QB to take home NFL MVP was Adrian Peterson in 2012.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 11, 2020
Who will win this year's award? pic.twitter.com/xNQxOHYikT
The MVP, much like the Heisman Trophy on the collegiate level, often goes to the quarterback of the best team or best record. Therefore, quarterbacks of teams that finish at or near the top of their conference will always have their name in the discussion, whereas signal-callers that are putting up numbers but play on average or bad teams will be left out.
Fortunately for Prescott, the Cowboys have a real shot to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign and win double-digit games next season. In fact, Dallas wins 12 games in ESPN’s Mike Clay’s score projections. It remains to be seen how many games the Cowboys will ultimately win next season, but Prescott should again put up MVP-worthy numbers.
CeeDee Lamb has strong odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Part of the reason for Dak being a contender for the MVP is the fact that he now gets to throw passes to CeeDee Lamb in addition to all of the other weapons that are on the roster. Lamb was considered by most to be the best receiver in the 2020 draft class, and he has the best odds of any wideout to take home NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
BetMGM gives Lamb the sixth best odds to win the OROY award, while Pro Football Focus gives the former Oklahoma Sooners star the eighth best odds. With nearly 200 targets between Cobb, Witten, and Tavon Austin now out of the picture, Lamb has an opportunity to make an immediate impact for Dallas. Though, it will likely be awfully hard for a receiver to beat out a quarterback or running back in voting.
Lamb’s 88 jersey is also very popular among fans.
It was not that long ago that we were debating and arguing about CeeDee Lamb’s jersey number. Ultimately, the rookie will be wearing the iconic 88 for the Dallas Cowboys, following in the footsteps of Dallas legends such as Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant.
Lamb’s 88 is among the top-selling jerseys in the NFL according to NFL Shop. That makes sense, as the Cowboys have a huge fan base, Lamb was a first-round pick at a skill position, and he starred at a program like Oklahoma.