NFL
August 13, 2021

Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb Is Set For Massive Breakout 2021 Season

The Dallas Cowboys ignored plenty of roster holes in favor of drafting Oklahoma standout wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

The move quickly paid off with an impressive rookie campaign from the 22-year-old, proving to be one of the game’s most promising offensive talents. Lamb racked up 74 catches for 935 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his first season in the NFL.

Lamb’s 69 receptions for 877 receiving yards from the slot were the most in a single season by a rookie since 2006. Although he wasn’t the most productive rookie wide receiver last season, his numbers were nothing short of impressive despite not having any stable play under center after Dak Prescott's injury.

It led Prescott to proclaim that his teammate is primed for a breakout 2021 campaign

“My expectations are super high,” Prescott said, via 105.3 The Fan. “I’m so excited for CeeDee. He’s a special playmaker that we’re privileged to have and he’ll be big-time and definitely have a breakout season.”

It may be a biased opinion from Prescott, but it’s hard to not envision Lamb easily toppling his rookie season numbers. All that presumably hinges on his quarterback being healthy as the two playing together led to promising production.

In the first five games, Lamb recorded 29 catches for 430 receiving yards and two touchdowns. It may be hard to replicate that torrid pace of production, but it’s clear that he shares a strong connection with Prescott. 

Lamb will have many opportunities to stretch the field with his big-play ability, especially playing alongside two other Pro Bowl-caliber talents in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The Cowboys will also look to expand his role in the offense, especially with a full offseason under his belt to gather more comfort in the offseason and stronger chemistry with Prescott.

Health permitting, Dallas will possess one of the league’s most explosive offenses that will lead to many chances to put up numbers. The Cowboys are in line to make a serious push toward the playoffs with their offense playing a significant factor.

All those factors only provide more reason to believe Lamb will exceed the expectations by putting together an impressive campaign in 2021.

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