The Cowboys traveled to Oxnard, California for training camp on Monday. One of their biggest offensive weapons, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, will experience something new in 2022.

Amari Cooper, who came to the Cowboys in 2018, was traded to the Cleveland Browns in March. Now, Lamb has the task of being the Cowboys’ top target in the passing game, and he’s unbothered by the responsibility.

“I understand what I’m getting myself into, I understand the shoes that need to be filled but I feel no pressure about it,” Lamb said during an interview with Ari Alexander of KPRC in Houston.

Lamb has seen success during his first two seasons with the Cowboys. Despite quarterback Dak Prescott missing 11 games, 13 different offensive line combinations, and a weekly quarterback carousel, Lamb registered 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. The former first-round pick upped his game last season to the tune of 79 receptions for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns while receiving his first Pro Bowl nod.

That’s extremely solid production for a WR2. However, Lamb gets to see what life was like for Cooper as the No. 1 option in 2022. That’s not to say that Lamb can’t handle the job, but it will be harder for him to produce now that teams will be game planning for him.

Lamb is a member of an exclusive group in Dallas, “The 88” club. Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin are in the Hall of Fame, and Dez Bryant is the Cowboys all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with 73, so the no. 88 has flourished in Dallas.

When Alexander asked Lamb what it meant to him to carry the torch as the next guy wearing the infamous 88 for the Cowboys, he had this to say.

“It’s a huge honor,” said Lamb. “I understood like in life, I always wanted to be remembered it’s just how do I want to be remembered. I most definitely want to go down as a legend.

“I have much respect for those guys, they’re the reason this number means so much to me. Just the work that they’ve done in it, and every time I see it or put it on my back I understand that I’m not just playing for myself.”

Alexander went on to ask Lamb how he felt when he knew that 88 was going to be his number.

“Unbelievable,” Lamb said. “Honestly, just because like for me to carry on this tradition and I watched Dez Bryant before me and I understand what he was doing in the number. It’s up to me now, at that point that was the main thing that went through my mind. It’s up to me now, now what am I going to do about it.”

The Cowboys have had the “America’s Team” label since the late 1970s, and despite their 27-year Super Bowl drought, it still stands strong. When asked what it means to him to play for America’s Team, as it reads in his Twitter bio.

“Such a blessing,” Lamb said. “Obviously, it’s a dream of mine to always play in the league but it’s a different dream for playing for America. And kind of representing the United States, and the team, the star, it’s very prestigious and for me to be a part of it is a huge honor.”

With his role increased as the top dog for the Cowboys in the passing, Lamb will be expected to step his game up, and there’s little, if any, doubt that he will.

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