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Does Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb Have a Shot at Offensive Rookie of the Year?

CeeDee Lamb is joining the Dallas Cowboys with lofty expectations, indicated by the #88 that the team just handed him to wear. But even with all the hype, would it be reasonable to think that the receiver has any shot at being the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?

The Cowboys’ offense was 2nd in the NFL last year in passing yards and 5th in touchdowns. There were plenty of stats to go around.

Even as the third receiver on the WR depth chart, Randall Cobb still had 55 catches for 828 yards and three touchdowns. That was especially admirable given the sizable roles that Jason Witten, Ezekiel Elliott, and Blake Jarwin all had in the receiving game.

Now Cobb is in Houston and rookie CeeDee Lamb is replacing him in the offense. With Witten also departing for the Raiders, could there be an opportunity for Lamb to put up the stats needed for the OROY award?

Analysts are giving CeeDee a solid chance. Sports Betting Dime’s Rookie of the Year odds gives him the 7th-highest probability of winning the award. Pro Football Focus ranked him 8th on their list of contenders.

That being said, history really isn’t in Lamb’s favor. Over the last 20 years the award has gone to eight quarterbacks and nine running backs. Only three times has it been a receiver:

  • 2014 – Odell Beckham Jr.
  • 2009 – Percy Harvin
  • 2003 – Anquan Boldin

Both Beckham and Boldin had over 1,300 receiving yards each in those rookie years. Odell had 12 touchdowns and Boldin had eight. It would be hard for CeeDee Lamb to get anything close to those numbers, especially the yardage, without an injury to Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup.

However, Percy Harvin’s rookie year does provide some hope. His recognition came more on his impact to a winning team than just a voluminous stat line.

Harvin had 60 catches for 790 yards and six scores as a receiver. He also chipped in 15 carries for 135 yards rushing. And while it technically shouldn’t count towards an “Offensive” award, Percy’s brilliant work as a return man that year helped get him noticed.

What really got Harvin the award was the Vikings’ 12-4 record and his big plays in crucial moments to help them on their way.

That is where CeeDee Lamb has a legitimate shot at the award in 2020. Even if he’s not a starter this year, Lamb will still be a major part of one of the league’s projected top offenses.

It’s not likely, bit Lamb just might wind up with the right combination of stats, big plays, and that big Cowboys spotlight to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Dang ! They haven’t even turned the lights on at the stadium and you are already talking about offensive rookie of the year! Let the poor guy put his cleats on and run a rout or two in the NFL before you start putting the pressure on him to become the offensive rookie of the year!! Let’s all just slow down and take a breath and see how this team comes together before we start making all these great predictions!!!

  2. I really don’t understand when ever the Cowboys get a high Caliber player like Mr Lamb #88 writers don’t let the young man enjoy his welcoming inside the Americans Teammates Locker Room. Like I read before let Mr #88 put on his new Americans team uniform and feel the Goosebumps all over his Athletic body when Mr Lamb wears the #88 onto the ATT football field. Mr Lamb all I have to say about getting the Rookie of the year for 2020 don’t listen to the writers just enjoy wearing #88 and let the rest come to you.

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