Drew Pearson. Michael Irwin. Dez Bryant. They are three of the greatest Dallas Cowboys receivers in club history. Coincidentally, they all captured number 88. The new No. 88, CeeDee Lamb, makes its NFL debut this weekend, and by many accounts, could take its Cowboys to heights for an already talented group of wide receivers that had never been seen before. In Dallas and rarely seen in the NFL.
The best Dallas Cowboys receiver in the past
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In any season, the Dallas Cowboys always have the same quality receiver. But if you go back and look at the history of the team, there have been few occasions when the team has received two top notches on the roster simultaneously. Incidentally, during those seasons, the Cowboys were one of the best teams in the NFL.
In the late 1960s, the Cowboys had a pair of quality receivers with future Hall of Famer Bob Hayes and Lance Rentgel. Both came within five yards in 1967 with a mark of 1,000 yards.
Fast forward nearly 10 years, and Drew Pearson and Tony Hill were Marquis receivers in the Big D. In 1979, both Pearson and Hill surpassed the 1,000-yard mark. Cowboy fans had to wait until the 1990s for another dynamic duo and it came in the form of Michael Irwin and Alvin Harper.
Irwin shared the lion of work passing the 1,000-yard plateau together in the pair’s ten years. The closest yard ever came to 1,000 yards was in 1994 when he finished with 821 and caught eight touchdowns. Irwin finished that season with 1,241 yards and six scores.
Cowboys top-level receiving duct in 2019
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The Dallas Cowboys receivers were one of the best groups in the NFL last season. Amari Cooper led the way in 79 receptions for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns. Michael Gallup grabbed 66 catches for 1,107 yards and added six touchdowns of his own.
Third in the trio last season, Randall Cobb caught 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns as slot receiver. He departed Dallas for Houston in the offseason.
In the 2020 NFL draft, the Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb out of No. 17 Oklahoma University. With the Lambers Three Year in Sooners, he topped the 1,000-yard plateau in his final two seasons. Last season, he caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
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Veteran Amari Cooper said that coming to training camp with Rocky Lamb, veteran Amari Cooper said that the team believed that the team could have three receivers of 1,000 yards a year.
“I think myself and Michael Gallup have gained over 1,000 yards last season, I expect to get three, 1,000 yards this year,” Cooper told reporters.
Owner Jerry Jones said in an interview last week on 105.3 The Fan that this group of Dallas Cowboys receivers as their boss is the furthest seen in more than 30 years.
He said, “For the time I’ve been playing so far, we will say that we are more than a game. I would say that this group of receivers gives us the best offense under the rules that I have asked receivers.
There is a lot of excitement around the Dallas Cowboys receivers this season. If the group lived up to those expectations and each receiver topped the 1,000-yard mark, it would be the first time it has taken place in 12 years and only the sixth time in NFL history. A historical year on crime can only mean good things
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.