Stephen Jones slams CeeDee Lamb, claims he’s not the catcher yet

Stephen Jones slams CeeDee Lamb, claims he’s not the catcher yet

After just the first week of the 2022 regular season, the Cowboys’ poor planning this year is already visible. The receiving corps, one of the team’s strengths in 2021, has been dismantled to “save money”. Also, Cowboys management insisted to the point of nausea that CeeDee Lamb was ready to be the No. 1 receiver in Dallas.

Well, the rhetoric changed with just one game. And Lamb was scapegoated at the first opportunity.

This is how the recent statements of Stephen Jones, executive vice-president of the Cowboys, reveal it. During a Monday morning radio interview, Jones discussed the receiving corps’ performance in Dallas’ loss to Tampa Bay the previous night. And, in his words, he mentioned Lamb.

“We have to take a step forward and do better” Jones told 105.3FM The Fan. “The passing game goes hand in hand: the quarterback and the receivers. Certainly, we have to be better there. CeeDee (Lamb) needs to improve and work to become the No. 1 receiver we think he can be.

Let’s review what happened during the offseason. The Cowboys have decided to trade Amari Cooper, their main receiver, because of his high salary and the performances he has achieved in 2021. A performance, let us remember, largely conditioned by the little use he has had. offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for much of the season. Bell. But that was not all.

The Cowboys have also decided to extend the contract of Michael Gallup, who missed much of last season due to various injuries. In fact, the receiver continues to recover from the injury he suffered last January, and it is estimated that he will be able to return within the next three weeks. Additionally, Dallas also released Cedrick Wilson Jr., who was a big offensive asset last season, in free agency.

Following these moves, CeeDee Lamb became the Cowboys’ primary receiver. Aside from Lamb, Gallup, Noah Brown and the injured James Washington, Dallas currently has no receivers with proven NFL experience. And it was going to come out sooner or later.

Change of speech in the direction around Lamb

It’s true that CeeDee Lamb was the Cowboys’ top receiver last season, posting 79 receptions for 1,102 yards and six touchdowns. However, the first-round pick in the 2020 draft still needed to improve some aspects of his game. Even so, the Dallas front office opted to dispense with Amari Cooper and hand over the No. 1 receiver reins to Lamb.

But that’s not all. The Cowboys front office repeated throughout the offseason and preseason that Lamb was poised to be Dallas’ best receiver. Jerry Jones even said a few months ago that Lamb would be better than Cooper.

Now, as we can see, the discourse has changed.

Against Tampa Bay, CeeDee Lamb only managed 2 receptions for 29 yards. The young receiver continued to show the same flaws as last season: missed passes and an obvious lack of connection with Dak Prescott. Besides, since Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup weren’t there like in 2021, the rival defense focused on covering Lamb. Not to mention Prescott’s poor performance on the field.

Lamb’s unpreparedness to put on more weight in the Cowboys offense was something to behold. However, in an effort to save money, Cowboys officials opted to weaken their strongest unit and launch a receiver who still needs development to the Lions. And while they repeated ad nauseam that Lamb was ready for the role, they now take back their words and partially blame #88 for Sunday’s debacle.

It will remain to be seen in the coming weeks if CeeDee Lamb manages to improve his performance and erase his performance against the Bucs. However, it will be difficult for Dallas’ passing game to improve due to the state of the offensive line and the loss of Dak Prescott. The season is just beginning, it’s true. But the picture is not encouraging at all.

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