Wide receiver is probably the biggest strength on the Dallas Cowboys roster. From the big three of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup on down, there is no shortage of talent at the position. Even the undrafted free agents that the team brought in this offseason have potential.
The bigger argument, though, is where the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver corps ranks across the NFL. Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and Cleveland are three teams with arguments. Atlanta is another — as long as Julio Jones remains in town.
What about wide receiver duos? There are so many great one-two punches around the league. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin jump to mind. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are another lethal combination. The Cowboys certainly have one of the better duos in the National Football League.
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It is hard to argue against the Buccaneers having the best wide receiver duo in the NFL with Evans and Godwin. Both played big and important roles in helping Tampa Bay win the past Super Bowl. That certainly strengthens their case.
You would be hard-pressed to find many better duos than what the Cowboys feature, though. No matter if you choose Cooper and Lamb or Cooper and Gallup, the Cowboys undoubtedly have one of the premier tandems in football.
Bleacher Report columnist Maurice Moton took the duty of ranking the five best wide receiver duos in the league entering the 2021 season. To no surprise, the Cowboys’ tandem is included.
4. Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
You can interchange CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup with Amari Cooper, and that pair would still rank fourth on this list.
Nevertheless, Lamb has a little more upside than Gallup with a healthy Dak Prescott.
As a rookie, Lamb recorded 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns with Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert under center for a combined 11 contests. He also logged a 66.7 percent catch rate, significantly higher than Gallup’s 56.2 percent catch rate.
Lamb listed second on the team in receptions and yards as one of the league’s top primary slot receivers. He should see an uptick in production with improved quarterback play.
Last season, Cooper finished top 15 in catches (92) and receiving yards (1,114) with a 70.8 percent catch rate. He logged career highs in yards and touchdowns in his last full season with Prescott. Expect him to top those numbers in his third term with the two-time Pro Bowler signal-caller.
Moton points to Dak Prescott returning to the field as a reason to why CeeDee Lamb could be in store for a big sophomore season. The 17th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft was considered the top receiver prospect in his class and is oozing with talent.
While Justin Jefferson had a more productive rookie campaign than Lamb, the latter could close the gap with Prescott’s return. They’re possibly the top two receivers from the 2020 class, and Cooper tips the scale in this duo’s favor over the Vikings’ tandem. At 26 years old, he’s going into the peak of his prime unlike Adam Thielen, who turns 31 years old in August.
The Cowboys’ tandem of Cooper and Lamb ranks ahead of the Rams’ combo of Kupp and Woods (honorable mention) and the Vikings’ duo of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Cooper and Lamb rank behind Atlanta’s combination of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Seattle’s DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and Tampa Bay’s Evans and Godwin in Moton’s rankings.
It can certainly be argued that the Dallas Cowboys tandem should be ranked higher among their peers. It might be a little bit of an exaggeration to rank Metcalf and Lockett as the second best wide receiver duo in the league.
Dak Prescott returning to the field to should only help the Cowboys wide receivers as a whole. It will be fascinating to re-visit these rankings after the season arrives.
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