Lamb is the clear top option at wide receiver for the Cowboys this season, and quarterback Dak Prescott indicated Thursday he intends to look for the third-year player every chance he gets, Nick Eatman of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: "CeeDee is a guy that wants the ball, expects the ball," Prescott said. "When one guy is on him he's not covered in his head. And I appreciate that and like that. So I think in that sense yeah, as Kellen said, we'll feature him. Some plays will be designed to get it to him but in a case where everybody is one on one across the board, yeah, he's our guy to go to." The offseason departure of Amari Cooper, along with injuries to Michael Gallup (knee) and James Washington (foot), have left Lamb as the only wideout on the Dallas roster with any sort of real NFL experience to begin the year. That's likely to lead to plenty of double coverage, but it should also result in a huge uptick in targets for the 23-year-old, who averaged 7.2 targets a game over his first two seasons. With little competition for looks, at least until Gallup returns to action, Lamb could push into elite territory in that metric -- only 11 receivers averaged 9.0 targets a game or more last season, a figure that seems well within reach for CeeDee in 2022.
Aug 5, 2022 6:51 AM EST
Lamb (hamstring) is practicing on the first day of training camp, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Lamb and new teammate James Washington (foot) both made it back for the start of training camp after missing June minicamp. Rookie third-round pick Jalen Tolbert is also participating, while Michael Gallup (knee) is on the PUP list after having ACL surgery in February. The Cowboys do seem optimistic about Gallup contributing early in the season, but he's no threat to Lamb's newfound status as the No. 1 receiver in Dallas.
Jul 27, 2022 12:22 PM EST
Lamb was held out of June minicamp with a hamstring injury but wasn't worried about his availability for training camp, Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Analysis: Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News believes Lamb would've been able to practice if it had been the regular season. The 23-year-old wideout has missed one game through two years in the NFL, and he doesn't have a noteworthy history of soft-tissue injuries, hamstring or otherwise. This shouldn't have much impact on Lamb's second-round ADP in summer fantasy drafts as he prepares for his first season as the Cowboys' clear-cut No. 1 receiver.
Jun 17, 2022 8:34 AM EST
Lamb caught one of five targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round. He also gained five yards on his only carry.
Analysis: It was a disappointing ending to the season for Lamb and for the Cowboys, and the second-year wideout failed to find the end zone or reach 90 receiving yards in his final eight games between the regular season and the playoffs. Lamb's overall numbers still took a step forward, as he set career highs across the board with 79 catches for 1,102 yards and six TDs on 120 targets over 16 games, and he should head into 2022 as a key part of a potent passing game alongside Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
Jan 16, 2022 8:28 PM EST
Lamb caught both of his targets for 45 yards in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Lamb wasn't involved much, but he picked up first downs on both of his grabs, including a long reception of 31 yards. Although Lamb hasn't topped 70 yards over his last five contests and hasn't scored since Week 10, he still improved his rookie production across the board this season. The 22-year-old will now turn his attention toward his first-career playoff appearance, when he figures to be a big factor for the Cowboys.
Jan 8, 2022 8:32 PM EST
Lamb caught three of four targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: The Cowboys' offense didn't really get going until late in the second quarter, and Lamb's volume suffered the most among the team's top wideouts -- four other Dallas players, including Cedrick Wilson, saw more targets. Lamb has still topped his rookie-year production with 77 catches for 1,057 yards this season, and he'll get one more chance to pad those numbers in Week 18 against the Eagles.
Jan 2, 2022 9:10 PM EST
Lamb had four receptions (five targets) for 66 yards and lost two yards on his lone carry in Sunday's 56-14 rout of Washington.
Analysis: Amari Cooper (7-85-1) and Dalton Schultz (8-82-1) saw the bulk of the receiving action while the starters were still in the game, but Lamb still had a decent showing when factoring in that most of Dallas' offensive production came in the first half. There was plenty of garbage time in this one, so the Cowboys rested their starters for most of the second half, which could have resulted in a bigger game for the entire unit had this contest been more competitive. Lamb has continued his solid 2021 production by averaging six receptions and 66.5 yards over his last four games, but a lack of touchdowns over that span has limited his ceiling. The rising star will look for that elusive seventh trip to the end zone in a potential shootout against Arizona next Sunday.
Dec 26, 2021 10:10 PM EST
Lamb brought in six of nine targets for 50 yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Lamb paced the Cowboys in targets and checked in second in both receptions and receiving yards to Dalton Schultz, but a lack of trips to the end zone and just an 8.3 YPC made for a relatively modest fantasy performance overall. Lamb's numbers naturally played much better in PPR formats, and he's now posted at least six receptions in three straight games. The second-year standout does have a four-game touchdown drought, however, a matter he'll next get a chance to rectify in a Week 16 battle against Washington.
Dec 19, 2021 1:35 PM EST
Lamb caught seven passes for 61 yards on 10 targets against Washington on Sunday.
Analysis: Lamb's box score is inefficient at a glance (70 percent catch rate, 6.1 yards per target), but he was Dallas' highest-volume pass catcher Sunday and his struggles were arguably more attributable to the play of Dak Prescott, who completed only 56.5 percent of his passes at 5.4 yards per attempt. Lamb's usage is reliably very high from week to week, and the second Prescott's numbers improve Lamb's likely will at a rapid rate, too.
Dec 12, 2021 2:15 PM EST
Lamb brought in seven of 13 targets for 89 yards in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night. He also rushed once for 33 yards and returned three punts for 35 yards.
Analysis: Making his return after a one-game absence while in concussion protocol, Lamb turned in an excellent all-purpose effort, one that saw him pace the Cowboys in receptions and receiving yards. The second-year wideout's target tally was also a team-high figure and his second highest of the season, and his rush attempt yielded a career-long run. Lamb's first opportunity to build on what was his most well-balanced performance of the season comes a week from Sunday in a Week 14 road battle versus Washington.
Dec 2, 2021 8:58 PM EST
Lamb was a full participant in Monday's practice and is in line to play Thursday against the Saints after clearing the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "Going through the protocol, it was tough...I feel a lot better," Lamb said.
Analysis: After he was diagnosed with the concussion following his early exit from the Cowboys' Week 11 loss to the Chiefs, Lamb made a strong push to clear the five-step protocol for head injuries ahead of the team's Thanksgiving Day game four days later, but he ultimately didn't receive the green light from an independent neurologist ahead of Dallas' 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders. Lamb confirmed that he was able to pass all neurological testing at some point shortly after the game against Las Vegas, putting him on track to handle his normal starting role Thursday. Meanwhile, fellow starting wideout Amari Cooper didn't practice Monday while he was subject to cardiac testing after completing a 10-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test, but he should be ready to play this week if he's able to get back on the practice field at some point over the next two days. At this stage, No. 4 wideout Cedrick Wilson -- who injured his ankle Thanksgiving Day and didn't practice Monday -- looks to be the Dallas receiver most at risk of sitting out Week 13.
Nov 29, 2021 2:25 PM EST
Lamb (concussion) was deemed a full participant Sunday in the Cowboys' unofficial practice session, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After sustaining the head injury exactly one week ago in the Cowboys' loss to the Chiefs, Lamb managed only one limited practice on a short week before being ruled out ahead of Dallas' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Raiders. The Cowboys will have another quick turnaround for Week 13 with a Thursday night matchup against the Saints, but Lamb's ability to increase his practice activity a few days later bodes well for his chances of being able to play in New Orleans. He'll still need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before exiting the concussion protocol, but head coach Mike McCarthy seems optimistic that the wideout will be able to do so in advance of Thursday's contest.
Nov 28, 2021 9:45 AM EST
Lamb (concussion) will practice Sunday, with the Cowboys expecting him to return for Thursday's game at New Orleans in Week 13, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Lamb seems to have come close to clearing concussion protocol in time for Thursday's overtime loss to the Raiders, but he ultimately wasn't able to play four days after suffering the injury. While he's expected to avoid another absence, the situation still needs to be monitored given that recovery from concussions isn't always linear. It does, however, seem likely that both Lamb and Amari Cooper (reserve/COVID-19) will be back in the lineup Week 13.
Nov 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST
Lamb (concussion) is officially inactive for Thursday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: With both Lamb and Amari Cooper (reserve/COVID-19 list) unavailable for the contest, the Cowboys' Week 12 wideout corps will be led by Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson, with Noah Brown, Malik Turner and Simi Fehoko also in the mix. Lamb will now target a return action in Week 13, when Dallas faces New Orleans next Thursday.
Nov 25, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Lamb, who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders, won't clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol ahead of the 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff and is set to be inactive for the contest, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
Analysis: Though team executives as well as head coach Mike McCarthy expressed confidence that Lamb would be ready to go for Thanksgiving Day after he returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, the second-year receiver likely wasn't able to gain medical clearance from either team doctors or an independent neurologist (or both). Lamb likely would have avoided an absence if the Cowboys were playing on Sunday this week, but the quick turnaround for their annual holiday game didn't provide enough time for the wideout to clear the necessary hurdles. Dallas is expected to officially rule him out when it releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to kickoff, and with both Lamb and Amari Cooper (reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown are likely to serve as the team's top three receivers. All could be in line for extra snaps and targets, while tight end Dalton Schultz and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard may also see more involvement as pass catchers.
Nov 25, 2021 8:19 AM EST
Lamb (concussion) officially is listed as questionable for Thursday's game versus the Raiders.
Analysis: Lamb managed just one limited appearance on the practice field this week (Wednesday) as he recovers from a concussion sustained this past Sunday at Kansas City. Despite such a tight window for Lamb to complete all five phases of the NFL's protocol for head injuries, the Cowboys have exuded confidence in the second-year pro to do so from the executive level to the coaching staff this week. "He hasn't missed a step on a short week," coach Mike McCarthy told Todd Archer of ESPN.com. "Just as we discussed on Monday, if he's able to keep progressing through, we see him as available for the game." Still, Lamb is subject to clearance from both team doctors and an independent neurologist, so hurdles remain for him to be available when the Cowboys post their list of inactives about 90 minutes before Thursday's 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff. With Amari Cooper (reserve/COVID-19 list) unavailable and Lamb's status up in the air, Dallas may have to rely on Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown and Malik Turner at wide receiver Week 12.
Nov 24, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Lamb (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's non-padded practice and now needs joint clearance from a club physician and an independent neurologist to play in Thursday's game against the Raiders, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Lamb is on track to play just four days after suffering a concussion, pending the results of his upcoming examinations. The Cowboys presumably will list him as questionable on the final injury report, but his status may ultimately be known well before the 4:30 ET kickoff Thursday.
Nov 24, 2021 12:02 PM EST
Lamb (concussion) will return to practice Wednesday, giving him a shot to play in Thursday's game against the Raiders, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The star wideout seems to be making quick progress and likely would be on track to suit up if the Cowboys played Sunday rather than Thursday. As is, Lamb remains uncertain, though his return to practice reportedly has the Cowboys feeling optimistic that he'll clear concussion protocol in time for the game. The team is already without WR Amari Cooper (illness) this week, heading into a 4:30 ET kickoff with the Raiders on Thursday.
Nov 24, 2021 8:31 AM EST
Dallas estimated Lamb (concussion) as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice report, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: According to Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site, Dallas held what head coach Mike McCarthy described as a light "run-through" session Tuesday, but Lamb evidently hasn't advanced far enough in the NFL's five-step concussion protocol to take part in even non-contact drills. With the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders being just two days away, Lamb seems to be trending toward an inactive status for the contest, though McCarthy noted the second-year wideout is staying mentally prepared to play. A more definitive word on Lamb's chances of playing against Las Vegas should arrive Wednesday, when Dallas releases its final Week 12 injury report.
Nov 23, 2021 2:51 PM EST
The Cowboys estimated Lamb (concussion) as a non-participant on Monday's practice report, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Given that Lamb was diagnosed with the concussion about 24 hours earlier in Dallas' 19-9 loss to Kansas City, his listing as a non-participant on the Cowboys' initial Week 12 injury report hardly qualifies as a surprise. He'll have three more days to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol ahead of Thursday's game against the Raiders, which will be a difficult task despite Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones noting earlier Monday that Lamb is doing well in the early stages of his recovery from the head injury. Amari Cooper (reserve/COVID-19 list) has already been ruled out for Thanksgiving Day, so the Cowboys could be forced to rely heavily on Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson as their main options at receiver if Lamb is also sidelined.
Nov 22, 2021 2:25 PM EST
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