The Dallas Cowboys saw an uptick in the play of wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in 2021. He recorded over 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl, setting even higher expectations for this season.

When the Cowboys parted ways with veteran receiver Amari Cooper, Lamb’s role ways instantly expanded, and he’s responded with nearly 900 yards in the first 11 games. So, it was only right when ESPN did its top 25 players under 25 list that Lamb made an appearance, landing at 19.

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“A lean but explosive wideout, Lamb has strong hands and the ability to contort his body to haul in catches. He’s on pace for his second 1,000-yard receiving season after stepping into the No. 1 wide receiver role for the Cowboys and proving to be a consistent target no matter the quarterback. Lamb is also versatile, showing an ability to win outside and from the slot, and 44 of his 64 catches this season have gone for first downs.”

Lamb on the challenge of being WR1 in Dallas.

“That’s a lot to take in. It kind of happened so fast, but I feel like that’s a situation I’m ready to take on,” Lamb said back in June. “Honestly, it kind of, in a sense, raised the standard. Obviously, I hold myself to a high standard already, but obviously, at this moment, there’s nothing else you can really do but take it on. That’s the energy I have.”

The former Oklahoma Sooner is living up to that standard.

Lamb had solid performances to begin the season, but with Dak Prescott missing five games with a fractured thumb, he didn’t have any spectacular outings. However, since Prescott’s return in Week 7, Lamb has been on a tear, racking up 448 yards in those five games, catching 31 of his 43 targets and adding three scores.

Going into Week 13, Lamb’s 857 yards rank seventh in the NFL and he’s 10th in receptions. Those are WR1 type of numbers, and with Michael Gallup picking up his play and causing more matchup problems, Lamb will have more opportunities to prove he’s one of the NFL’s top young talents at receiver.

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