Jori Epstein, USA TODAY
Published 7: 33 a.m. ET Feb. 4, 2021
Cowboys huge receiver CeeDee Lamb says he prefers to “cease within the shadows as of compatible now.”
Definite, his 935 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season region him more squarely within the limelight. But Lamb isn’t attempting to veil on the sphere so mighty as he’s aiming to defer respectfully to participants of the Cowboys organization relating to matters of contract negotiations … possess, the protracted negotiation of a long-term contend with quarterback Dak Prescott.
On second notion, Lamb does have a pair of phrases on the topic.
“It’s no secret we need Dak advantage,” Lamb told USA TODAY Sports actions on Wednesday. “I belief that the fellows within the place of work are surely going to create the correct decision. They know how mighty Dak blueprint to us and how mighty we lean on him.
“I will no longer wait to have him advantage.”
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The Cowboys and Prescott both publicly withhold their desire to strike a long-term deal. That desire wasn’t sufficient to surmount impasses every of the closing two offseasons, which led to Prescott playing out the final 12 months of his rookie contract in 2019 after which signing a $31.4 million franchise ticket in 2020.
This season arguably only complex the negotiations. Prescott opened with the most productive performance of his occupation, averaging 371.2 passing yards a sport as he threw for 1,856 yards and 9 touchdowns to four interceptions. He notched four more touchdowns and 104 total yards rushing and receiving.
Then, a third-quarter designed whisk in opposition to the Giants in Week 5 went awry. Prescott fell awkwardly when tackled, struggling a compound shatter and dislocation of his compatible ankle. He became rushed to a native sanatorium for quick surgical operation. The Cowboys wouldn’t determine but any other sport for 42 days, within the kill finishing 6-10.
Lamb is electrified by Prescott’s recovery.
“He came take advantage of his second surgical operation about two months within the past so he’s strolling around, rehabbing, doing every part compatible,” Lamb said Wednesday, whereas talking in conjunction with Sleep Quantity. “It’s stout to see, severely when you seen him prance down. You saw the see in his eyes and you saw how sad he became and how mighty this sport supposed to him.
“Staunch to see him smiling again, contented again, being with his guys is a stout deal.”
Despite the tiny time shared sooner than Prescott’s effort, Lamb marveled on the previous’s information. Prescott texted Lamb closing summer season, months after the Cowboys selected Lamb 17th total, inviting the rookie over for a backyard exercise on his newly installed turf. Lamb referred to as the moment he received Prescott’s textual content invitation “surreal.” His sense of horror only expanded when he in actuality ran routes with his current signal caller.
“First day he fashion of caught me all of sudden with his arm power,” Lamb said. “He knows the little nuances of the sport to be higher. He makes it easy to apply him, when you happen to will.
“He’s a stout chief and within the kill a winner.”
Lamb takes pride in how the crew fought via the season after Prescott’s effort, struggling mightily in a midseason stretch sooner than successful three straight in December. The late-season surge saved alive Dallas’ playoff chances in a historic NFC East till a 23-19 Jan. 3 loss on the Giants officially eradicated the Cowboys.
Lamb believes the crew’s improved resilience to adversity late within the season will bode well for 2021, as will rising familiarity with head coach Mike McCarthy entering his second 12 months. But the question of quarterback looms luminous. Lamb hopes Prescott is the answer.
“I am hoping he’s coming advantage 2021 and for the long haul,” Lamb said. “I’m wrathful.”
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