The Dallas Cowboys are off to a promising start, sitting in complete control of the NFC East heading into Week 8 action. Second-year wideout CeeDee Lamb is building off his strong rookie campaign as the Cowboys’ most productive passing game target. However, he has tallied a hefty fine bill, leading teammate Amari Cooper to blast him publicly.
CeeDee Lamb is off to a stellar start in his second season
After an offseason filled with hype, Lamb has more than met the lofty expectations.
The 22-year-old leads the Cowboys with 33 receptions for 497 yards and four touchdowns through the first six games. Lamb is on pace to record 88 receptions for 1,325 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s quickly proven to be one of the league’s most explosive playmakers behind his big-play ability and speed.
He has tallied at least four catches four times while topping more than 60 receiving yards on five occasions. Lamb has notched two 100-receiving-yard outings, capped by his standout performance in an overtime win over the New England Patriots. He hauled in nine receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
However, his actions after his game-winning touchdown netted him a $10,300 fine. All that guided his Pro Bowl teammate Amari Cooper to bash him publicly.
Amari Cooper bashes Cowboys teammate CeeDee Lamb for piling up $47,000 in fines: ‘Do you like money? Do you like getting paid?’
Lamb is putting up a highly productive second season, but he continues to take money out of his pocket due to his decision-making.
The Oklahoma product has racked up five fines totaling nearly $47,000 through the season’s first six games. The latest instance occurred in the Week 6 overtime win over the Patriots after he waved at defensive back Jalen Mills as he waltzed into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
The 22-year-old received two fines for an untucked jersey. The first instance happened on Sept. 27, as he received a $5,150 fine followed by $15,450 for the second occurrence on Oct. 3 against the Carolina Panthers. A third violation would lead to a $46,350 fine.
Lamb was also penalized $5,150 for his socks not covering his lower leg during the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lastly, he received a $10,815 fine for an illegal trackback block against the Panthers. All that has led his teammate Amari Cooper to take notice of the star wideout’s actions.
“I’ve never seen a player so young get fined so much, ” Cooper said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “He’s gotten fined like every week. It’s very confusing to me. I’m like, ‘Do you like money? Do you like getting paid?’ … It’s always uniform violations.”
Lamb is making $1.247 million in base salary this season, making it 3.75% of his pay to fines. It may be a playful response from Cooper, but it’s a total that is only growing as the season rolls along.
Cowboys sit well positioned for a promising playoff push
Beyond Lamb’s silly fines, the Cowboys have pushed toward a promising start.
Dallas is in the driver’s seat to earn its first NFC East division title in three years. Dak Prescott has bounced back from his compound ankle fracture to establish himself as one of the game’s top quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott is performing like one of the league’s best all-around running backs.
However, the most encouraging improvement has been the defense after an offseason focused on revamping that side of the ball. Dallas ranks fifth against the run, giving up 86.2 yards per game, and leads the league with 11 interceptions behind Trevon Digg’s NFL-best seven picks.
If the Cowboys remain healthy, they have a path toward a deep playoff run.