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Can WR CeeDee Lamb Eclipse 1,000 Receiving Yards as a Rookie?

CeeDee Lamb has the potential to do something rare for a rookie WR.

CeeDee Lamb has a chance to do something pretty rare for a rookie wide receiver. He has a pretty good shot at joining the 1,000 receiving yard club in his first year in the NFL, something only a handful of rookie WRs have been able to accomplish.

Here the WRs who have hit the 1,000 yard mark since 2010:

  • 2011 – A.J. Green (1,057)
  • 2014 – Mike Evans (1,051)
  • 2014 – Odell Beckham Jr. (1,305)
  • 2014 – Kelvin Benjamin (1,008)
  • 2015 – Amari Cooper (1,070)

As you can see, it’s a rare thing for a rookie receiver to accumulate 1,000 yards receiving in their first year in the league. You may have noticed something else as well. All five of the WRs above were the No. 1, main target for their respective teams as rookies. And other than Kelvin Benjamin, all of them have multiple Pro Bowl appearances under their belt.

To put CeeDee Lamb in that group right now might seem like quite a stretch, especially considering the Dallas Cowboys already have a talented duo in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup ahead of him on the depth chart. However, I think it’s absolutely doable for a player with Lamb’s kind of talent.

CeeDee Lamb
Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb

On any other team, CeeDee Lamb would probably be the No. 1 WR on the roster. With the Cowboys though he’s probably WR3 behind the before mentioned Cooper and Gallup. You would think that would limit the amount of targets he receives in the passing game, but I’m not so sure it will.

Cooper (116) and Gallup (112) were both heavily targeted in the passing game last season. As the Cowboys WR3, Randall Cobb was targeted a total of 83 times and turned that into 55 receptions for 828 receiving yards. If you’re doing the math, that’s just 172 shy of the 1,000 yard mark, which in itself is pretty impressive.

I don’t know about you, but for a player who is known as an after the catch monster like CeeDee Lamb, I think he’s more than capable of picking up those 172 yards Randall Cobb left on the field last year. You don’t have to take my word for it though. I actually have a few stats to back up that stance.

According to Pro Football Focus, nearly half of CeeDee Lamb’s career receiving yards – 1,520 of 3,292 – at Oklahoma came after the catch. As a junior in 2019, Lamb also broke an impressive 26 tackles in 62 catches. His after the catch ability should allow him to surpass the numbers Cobb put up last season relatively easy, especially considering his ability to play on the outside or the slot.

CeeDee Lamb certainly has his work cut out for him, but I absolutely believe he’s capable of eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie. The only question I really have is how many touchdowns will he score? But, that’s a discussion better saved for another time.

Do you think CeeDee Lamb can eclipse 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. I think its realistic for Lamb to get 1k or close to, he would definitely hv to have less drops than Cobb to achieve this. The weapons we hv would help him big time especially if we get off to leads in most of our games early

    • I agree. As the Cowboys WR3 he should see favorable matchups throughout the season. Add that to his ability to pick up yards after the catch and I think eclipsing 1000 receiving yards is absolutely doable.

  2. Can we PLEASE let the man play one down before we start saying he will be a 1000 yard wd .I am just saying, i want him to do well also but let the man play first

    • There’s no harm in speculating what he can do as a rookie before he even suits up for the Cowboys.

    • I’m with you oneal ! I stated awhile back that the kid hasn’t even caught a pass yet and people has him in the ring of honor! We all need to settle down and let this guy EARN his way into being great! I just hope his body can hold up to the hits he will be receiving in this league! There’s a lot of things that must be factored into having a Thousand yard season so let’s take a breath and let it all play out!

  3. Well if we didn’t speculate about things wouldn’t be much talk about during this pandemic. In fact speculation is mostly what we do between seasons. Haven’t heard anyone anointing Lamb into hall off fame just that he looks like he couid be a stud based on his game tape. Granted NFL different ballgame but he dont look like type gonna shy away from that challenge

  4. Let’s just all hope he follows in the footsteps of the three 88’s that long time Cowboy fans remember with love and reverence. We all hope there is a full season. GO COWBOYS!!

  5. Cobb would have had 1k if not for a few penalties & a couple tds but If healthy he can achieve it being a yac monster & Single coverage

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