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Can CeeDee Lamb finish 2021 as the Dallas Cowboys WR1? - Lucas Mascherin, The Landry Hat

Lamb has been the best player in camp thus far, will that translate into the season?

Second-year wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has what it takes to be a top NFL wideout, but can he be the Dallas Cowboys’ number one guy?

With the 17th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected a number one wide receiver. It was a huge surprise, but not because the team should have drafted someone else. Instead, it’s because wide receiver CeeDee Lamb should have already been selected.

Team owner Jerry Jones was probably salivating at the thought of welcoming arguably the top receiving talent in the draft to his already potent offense. It’s a dream come true for Mr. Jones.

His talent and potential were undeniable. The issue is some (including myself) were concerned because of the offensive threats already on the team. After all, you can only spread the ball around so much.

After Year Off, Veteran CB is the Surprise of Camp - Nick Eatman,

Maurice Canady has made sure people don't forget his name when it comes to the 53-man roster.

OXNARD, Calif. – When veteran cornerback Maurice Canady decide to opt out of the 2020 season for personal reasons, he said he wasn’t worried about what his NFL future might hold.

He certainly wasn’t concerned about losing his place.

“No, I did not, because in this league, you got to prove yourself every year,” Canady said. “Even if you have a five-year contract, it’s yearly. I wasn’t really worried.

And now we know why.

Because here in 2021, as Canady has returned to the Cowboys’ training camp, the cornerback has arguably been the most surprising player of the entire camp.

Cowboys’ Dak Prescott on Shoulder Injury: ‘I’ll Be Ready When It Really Matters’ - Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report

Dak and the team have been adamant from the beginning that he will be ready to go week one.

Despite recent concerns over a shoulder injury, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott indicated Thursday he would be available to play in a regular-season game.

“I felt like I could go out here, especially when you had the crowd going and the excitement, your adrenaline’s rolling and you hate missing a day like this,” Prescott said of the team’s joint practice with the L.A. Rams, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. “But I feel great and I’ll be ready when it really matters.”

Prescott has missed practice due to a right shoulder strain and underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

The Cowboys open their regular season on Sept. 9 with a road game against defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rank’Em: Putting These Cornerbacks In Order 1-10 -

Cornerback is going to be vital to this defense’s success.

OXNARD, Calif – The cornerback position has been a hot topic of discussion for the Cowboys all offseason, mainly because we knew it was a high priority in the draft.

When they didn’t get one of the top corners in the first round, their sights shifted quickly to Micah Parsons, who is looking like a potential star here in camp.

But the Cowboys added depth at cornerback eventually by taking them in the second and third round.

So here we are, the Oxnard portion of camp has ended but there are three preseason games to go.

Let’s see where we stand at the position. Our staff writers ranked all of the cornerbacks on the team, based on their performances alone at training camp.

Dallas Cowboys: A legitimate backup quarterback should be a priority - Dink Kearney, SportDFW

Are we good with Garrett Gilbert?

Besides having a disappointing 6-10 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys learned an invaluable lesson from that dismal season that all NFL teams know all too well. That lesson is the importance of having a good backup quarterback.

Yes, every team has a backup quarterback, but all of them aren’t that good and some are just downright awful.

After watching the Cowboys backup quarterbacks struggle mightily last season and in the preseason opener, it would be wise for the Cowboys to trade for a legitimate backup quarterback that can take the reigns in the event Dak Prescott unexpectedly goes down with an injury.

The Dallas Cowboys need to make sure they have a bond fide backup quarterback if Dak falls to injury.

To be fair, former Cowboys backup quarterback Andy Dalton was decent, and probably would have performed better with a healthy offensive line and a better defense to boot. But the former first round pick was a shell of himself and literally needed all of the aforementioned things to make a difference as a quarterback.

Five things we need to see when the Cowboys visit the Cardinals - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys

Cowboys play preseason game number two tonight, what are you looking for?

After the long, dry spell of no football, we have had a lot of Dallas Cowboys stuff happen in just a few days. The Hall of Fame game, the scrimmage with the Los Angeles Rams, the premiere of Hard Knocks, and the final practice in Oxnard. As you can see if you follow the links, we have been covering things wall to wall here at BTB, and that is not about to stop. The next big event is the preseason game at the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. (The game will be on the NFL Network for those not in the local market where it will be covered by CBS 11.)

There have been a lot of steps taken by the 2021 edition of the team, but many more are at best incomplete, and at worst sadly lacking.

On the latest Ryled Up podcast, Roy White and I dove into some of the things that we want to have happen, among other things. To find out what we had to say, you can listen above. Please consider subscribing as well wherever you get your podcasts.

We need a touchdown

The score doesn’t matter in preseason. Scoring does. In the Hall of Fame game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, we saw a too familiar story, as the Cowboys got close on several drives but had to settle for field goal attempts, only one successful with Hunter Niswander still filling in for on-the-mend Greg Zuerlein. This issue has plagued the team for some time, especially in the Jason Garrett era. Dallas needs to punch a drive or two into the end zone in this game to get over this. Mental blocks may or may not be a thing for NFL teams, but let’s not risk it.

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