Stephen Jones: CeeDee Lamb has to work his way into being the No. 1 receiver

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The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns for a fifth-round draft pick because they were ready to make CeeDee Lamb their No. 1 receiver and didn’t want to pay Cooper $20 million as a No. 2 receiver. It’s a small sample size, but after one game with Cooper in Cleveland and Lamb as the Cowboys’ lead receiver, it was a bad decision.

The Cowboys were missing wideouts Michael Gallup, who is working his way back from an ACL tear on Jan. 2, and James Washington, whose foot injury Aug. 1 is expected to keep him out 6-10 weeks.

But Lamb looked nothing like a No. 1 receiver on opening night.

The third-year receiver saw 11 targets and finished with two catches for 29 yards.

“I think we’ve certainly got to step up and do better,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Monday, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “The passing game goes hand-in-hand, the quarterback and the receivers. Certainly, we’ve got to be better there. CeeDee has got to improve and work his way into being the No. 1 receiver we think he can [be].”

The Cowboys managed only 173 passing yards, and Dak Prescott had the third-worst passer rating of his career before fracturing his hand in the fourth quarter. Prescott will miss 6-8 weeks, so now Lamb will have to try to get on the same page with Cooper Rush.

“We should be able to [get connected],” Prescott said of Lamb. “And that’s on me a little bit and just us getting on the same page. Yeah, he’s a hell of a player, and he’s a guy that needs the ball. We’ve got to get it to him more, and it starts with me.”

15 responses to “Stephen Jones: CeeDee Lamb has to work his way into being the No. 1 receiver

  1. They’re stuck now.
    Lamb already has his “#88” commercial with Dez Bryant & Drew Pearson.
    It’s going to look really stupid if he’s not no.1.

  2. I’d love to hear some of these players talk about how the Cowboys FO needs to work it’s way up to being a better unit

  3. Agree that Lamb wasn’t good, but if you play the small sample size game, not sure how you ignore Cooper’s 3 catches for 17 yds yesterday for Cleveland and conclude the Cowboys chose poorly by trading him.

  4. Thanks for amari cooper dallas!!!!! If u want us to return the favor you can have Josh Rosen from our practice squad

  5. Cooper Rush will straighten this mess out for sure. Looks like another Superbowl win for the Cowboys.

  6. Why do you continue to have problems with guys that you elevate to Number 1 receivers? Seedy is not consistent and has the same inconsistent issues of Cooper. Perhaps your receivers are all number 2’s.

  7. The problem is not CeeDee.
    Buccaneers LB Devin White said they knew Dallas Cowboys offensive gameplan based off of last year. This is professional football kids. If you play a team twice in a year YOU CHAMGE THE OFFENSE. The Rams said the same thing after they killed Dallas in the 2020 playoffs and the best evidence that that staff will be gone soon.
    Which is pretty sad to say after one game.

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