The Dallas Cowboys “88 Club” is a prestigious group, featuring some of the greatest and most talented WRs to ever play the game. Names like Michael Irvin, Drew Pearson, and Dez Bryant. CeeDee Lamb looks like he’s next.

In Lamb’s time with the Cowboys, he has exceeded 100 targets and 70 catches in both seasons. Earning his first Pro Bowl invite of his career in 2021. The expectations are now for him to be the new WR1 of Dallas, but it will be out of necessity.

Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson are both gone, and Michael Gallup continuing his rehab process. Gallup will play in 2022, but is likely to miss at least the first month of the season. Lamb led the Cowboys with 120 targets in 2021 and will now have to take on the bulk load with the loss of 36% of the team’s targets.

There are some mixed feelings on the outside of whether or not Lamb is ready to take on the WR1 role. However, Lamb himself is not questioning that.

“I’ve been ready. That’s just me and my competitiveness. That’s in my nature. I’m always ready for my name to be called.”

Lamb is confident in himself to take the next step. Not only because he has to, but in his own abilities. He’s already been ranked as one of the top young WRs in the game and has the confidence of his star quarterback. Even going so far as to move their lockers closer together.

The Dallas Cowboys are doing everything to set Lamb up to take that next step. Into the ranks of the elite, perennial Pro Bowl and All-Pro WRs. Players like Davante Adams, Deandre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill and Justin Jefferson. Can he make it happen?

With the loss of the “flex” position in AP voting, it took away the possibility of an additional RB or WR making the list. However, since 2020 an additional third WR ballot was added in place. Since then, there have been 11 different WRs voted in (three due to a tie):

  • Davante Adams (twice)
  • Cole Beasley (tie)
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • Stefon Diggs
  • Deandre Hopkins
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Tyreek Hill (twice)
  • Justin Jefferson (twice)
  • DK Metcalf (tie)
  • Calvin Ridley (tie)
  • Deebo Samuel

At the current statistical trajectory of Lamb’s career, his expected numbers for the 2022 season will be 130 targets, 86 catches 1,144 yards and six touchdowns. (adjusted on averages).

It’s hard to determine who will win awards and make All-Pro team’s early but things are shaping up for Lamb to get his fair chance. Dak Prescott continues to develop his connection and will rely on him heavily as he did Amari Cooper.

The team needs Lamb to take the next step into the exclusive elite club and he seems more than willing. With the number of targets he’ll see, and the lack of experienced receivers around him, there will start to be conversations of Lamb in the Top 10.

As Lamb’s star rises, so will his notice around the league. As long as he continues to perform and develop, he will get his votes. Dallas Cowboys players will always get their votes.

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