Dallas Cowboys rookie CeeDee Lamb is not used to losing, and wide receiver Michael Gallup has taken notice of that.
The Cowboys struggled to get things offensively for the most part in week one, outside of a beautiful two-minute drive that was engineered by Dak Prescott right before halftime. Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore leaned on the ground game, and the Rams were able to prevent the Cowboys from getting too much going.
Through the air, Prescott passed for 266 yards and a touchdown to Ezekiel Elliott. Amari Cooper led all receivers with 10 grabs for 81 yards. Gallup added three catches for 50 yards, but his stat-line could (should?) have looked much better.
Meanwhile, Lamb — who was playing in his first ever professional game — totaled five catches for 59 yards, an average of more than 11 yards per reception. The Oklahoma Sooners product looked the part on the field and held his own against Los Angeles.
A telling sign was Prescott and the Cowboys going to Lamb on the fourth down in the fourth quarter that has stirred some controversy on social media. While Lamb did not run his route deep enough for the first down, the Cowboys trusted him enough to look his direction in that kind of situation.
Lamb was a member of some successful Oklahoma teams during his career in Norman. The Texas High School product played in three consecutive College Football Playoffs while catching passes from the likes of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts. Needless to say, he is used to playing in — and winning — big time games.
Michael Gallup likes what he has seen from Lamb.
Michael Gallup, the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 third-round draft pick, is on his way to becoming a big time player in his own right. On Wednesday, the third-year wide receiver talked about what he has seen from the rookie:
Michael Gallup on CeeDee Lamb being down on himself after loss: “He was just like, ‘I don’t like to lose.’ That’s what you want to see from a young buck like that because he put in a lot of time and effort learning the playbook and working…He wants to win, so we all love that.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 16, 2020
Gallup told the media that the rookie Lamb has a ‘I don’t like to lose’ mentality and that he is always working to get better. While some of that can be cliche, we heard similar things about Lamb this offseason and in the lead up to the draft.
CeeDee Lamb has been turning heads since he arrived with the Cowboys. There is a reason that many expected him to be long gone before the Cowboys came on the clock in April, but everybody else’s loss is the Cowboys’ gain. Dak Prescott was impressed with the wideout during training camp:
“He’s a smart kid — a smart individual,” Prescott told media on Thursday. “He’s been picking it all up, whether it’s adjustments from the formations and plays, that hasn’t slowed him down or slowed his game down any bit at all. I mean, he’s just an athletic player — very, very gifted [with] good hands.
“He has a great feel for the game. I think that’s probably the most impressive thing, to be a young rookie playing in the slot and just have a feel for the game and know where to be. I think that’s going to go a long way and serve him really well in this league.”
That is pretty high praise from the leader of the Dallas Cowboys franchise. Dallas is fortunate to have three talented wide receivers in Cooper, Gallup, and Lamb at McCarthy’s and Moore’s disposal — a trio that rivals any other in the league.
Many believe that CeeDee Lamb is the most talented of the three and that it is only a matter of time before the former Sooners star asserts him as the top option for Prescott and the Cowboys passing game this season.
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