The Gut Check No.520: CeeDee Lamb Is Andy Dalton's Tyler Boyd...But Better

Matt Waldman's examines wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's rookie season thus far and comes away from the film study convinced that the Dallas Cowboy will remain a top fantasy option in 2020.

CeeDee Lamb's Rookie Status Ended When He Stepped On the Field

Whether it was the film or the stats, CeeDee Lamb has been popping off the screen for years. FanDuel found a telling stat about Lamb's yards per reception during his career at Oklahoma, that tied him with Randy Moss and just below Marvin Harrison.

Fast-forward to Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season, my friend—and occasional Senior Bowl travel companion—John Owning of the Dallas Morning News has also written about Lamb exceeding the Cowboys' high expectations.

According to Pro Football Focus, Lamb has accumulated 29 catches on 39 targets for 433 yards, two touchdowns, and 20 first downs (eighth-most among NFL receivers) with just one drop while generating a 127.4 passer rating when targeted. He’s on pace for 93 receptions on 125 targets for 1,386 yards and six touchdowns — the yards would be the most by a rookie since at least 2000. Lamb has been particularly potent from the slot, where he’s aligned on 36 of his 39 targets so far. He currently ranks first in total yards (395) from that alignment.

Lamb is the first Cowboys rookie receiver to register two 100-yard receiving performances in his first five appearances. He’s currently second on the team in targets behind Cooper (53) but far ahead of Gallup (24). His 433 receiving yards lead the team, rank fifth among all NFL receivers and are the third-most for a rookie receiver through five games since 1970.

As I read the article a few minutes ago, I'm laughing about John and I being on the same wavelength with the plays he chose to break down Lamb's game. I made a video with many of the same reps that highlight several skills and traits that made him the highest-graded receiver in the history of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication:

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