It’s not a direct comparison as far as talent goes, but it’s a strange one. Former Dallas Cowboys standout wide receiver Michael Irvin somehow managed to lump rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with NBA star Kevin Durant. Since his playing days ended, Irvin has been a football analyst, doing his talking off the football field. His latest comment might take a little while to comprehend.
Dallas Cowboys take WR CeeDee Lamb in the first round
CeeDee Lamb played college football at Oklahoma and immediately made his mark as a true freshman in 2017. Catching passes from Baker Mayfield, Lamb had 46 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman. Lamb followed up his freshman season with a career-high 65 catches for 1,158 yards and all touchdown receptions.
The 6-foot-2 Lamb had career-highs in both touchdowns (14) and receiving yards (1,327) last year. Lamb averaged 21.4 yards per catch in 2019 and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Lamb has been impressive in camp and is eager to learn. “Great guy, great athlete, great player,” said quarterback Dak Prescott, according to USA Today. “Excited for his future, excited for now and everything he can bring this offense now and, man, many years to go. He’s very smart, very talented, as I said, and he wants to learn, whether it’s following (Amari) Coop(er) or asking me questions or asking MG (Michael Gallup).”
Michael Irvin loves the Cowboys’ new No. 88
CeeDee Lamb will be the next guy in the line of quality Dallas Cowboys wide receivers to wear No. 88. Drew Pearson was the first star to wear the number and then Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant followed suit. Irvin said Lamb has what it takes to follow the footsteps of those big names.
“In order to get this number, you must be what we call a ‘true bred‘ – that means born, bleed and bred right here with the Dallas Cowboys,” Irvin said during a call-in to ESPN. “Drew Pearson was that. Michael Irvin was that. Dez Bryant was that and now CeeDee Lamb is that . And I love this kid.
”I ain’t talking about ‘I like this kid,’ – I LOVE this kid,” Irvin said. “I usually call all the young wide receivers but before I could do that, CeeDee Lamb called me. We’ve had multiple conversations and I love the kid, he’s going to be exactly what Dallas needs and he’s that solution to all the problems everyone else will give us. And he’ll get Dallas where they need to be.”
Irvin compares CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant
Michael Irvin made it perfectly clear that he’s a big fan of CeeDee Lamb. He may have gone a little overboard with his comment last month when he compared the drafting of CeeDee Lamb to Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors.
“What the Cowboys did in the 2020 NFL Draft, by adding CeeDee Lamb to the No. 1 offense in the National Football League — what Will McClay did, what Jerry Jones those guys, what Mike McCarthy did by adding this guy CeeDee Lamb, is akin, or almost tantamount to Kevin Durant being added to a 73-win Warriors team,” Irvin said.
For starters, CeeDee Lamb can in no way be compared to Kevin Durant athletically. Also, the Dallas Cowboys haven’t won anything in forever, so comparing them to a 73-win Warriors team is absurd. We get it, Michael Irvin is ecstatic over the potential Lamb has and how he might contribute to a team that was capable of putting up a lot of points. Irvin’s excitement is real. He’s genuine. He’s also going a little overboard.
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