Dallas Cowboys star C.D. Lamb unexpectedly discovered that he would be the team’s top receiver. It wasn’t a meeting with the receivers coach or a call from head coach Mike McCarthy. He saw it on TV while training.
“I was actually at the gym,” the 23-year-old said. Open Mike’s podcast. “I have seen that. It was on TV. I was training in Fort Lauderdale on my off-season program, I saw it on TV and I was like, “Wow, this is crazy.” And then my phone started exploding just a few minutes later. Since then, it has been a crazy story.”
There were suspicions that Lamb would take the top spot, but that didn’t materialize until Lamb saw the Cowboys trade Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, a move Lamb said took him “by surprise.”
“That’s a lot to take in,” Lamb said. “It happened so quickly, but I feel like this is a situation that I am ready to accept. To be honest, it raised the standard in a way. Obviously I’m already holding my own, but obviously there’s nothing you can do at this point but take it upon yourself. That’s the energy that I have.
In March, Lamb spoke about potentially becoming the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, saying he was ready to step up when his name was called. OwnerWith someone Lamb keeps in touch until now.
Lamb kept many of the conversations between him and Cooper under wraps, but gave some details about what the two wide-star receivers are talking about. After Cooper was traded, Lamb approached him, saying he wanted to “thank him for everything he did for me in the first two years.”
“It’s really important to me and my direction and I’m trying to find a place in this league where there are a lot of great receivers,” Lamb added. “A lot of guys who are good at a lot of things in this position. I just give him roses for taking me under his wing.”
Now Lamb will take what he learned from Cooper and apply it this season.