CeeDee Lamb has been fined numerous times this season, but the Dallas Cowboys star thinks one of his opponents deserved to hear from the NFL over the way Lamb was tackled in his team’s Week 8 game.
Lamb caught a pass on a trick play in the Cowboys’ win over the Minnesota Vikings over a week ago, and he was dragged down by Harrison Smith. The veteran safety appeared to hold onto Lamb’s neck area after the two went to the ground. No flag was thrown, however, as the official determined Smith’s finger was caught in Lamb’s helmet.
Lamb says there was a lot more to it than that. He says he was “choked” by Smith. The star receiver on Wednesday called it “nonsense” that Smith wasn’t fined. Here’s the play:
NFL Films showed Lamb talking about the tackle with teammates on the sideline. You can see the video of the discussion here.
There’s no reason to doubt that Smith’s finger was caught in Lamb’s helmet. Though, it’s unclear how that would lead to Lamb being choked.
What Lamb is probably most bitter about is how many times he has been fined this season. The former first-round pick has had to fork money over for a variety of reasons this year.
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith avoided NFL discipline stemming from a play that had Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb heated.
Smith made a tackle on Lamb during last Sunday’s game between the two teams, and appeared to hold his arms around Lamb’s neck after the play. Lamb was mic’d up for the game and was captured on the bench afterwards complaining that Smith “was choking the s*** out of me on the sideline.”
Ultimately, the NFL did not see things the same way. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Smith was not fined over the play, as the league deemed that Smith’s thumb had accidentally been caught in Lamb’s chinstrap.
It’s easy to see how this looked bad, and from Lamb’s perspective, it was probably unpleasant. It would also be understandable if Lamb simply had no way of being aware that Smith wasn’t doing it on purpose.
Lamb probably won’t be happy anyway. That’s especially true when you consider the fact that he’s getting fined all the time himself.
CeeDee Lamb is enjoying a breakout second season with the Dallas Cowboys, but he is not making as much money as he expected. That is because the former first-round pick has racked up tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Lamb has been fined a total of five times over the first month-plus of the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The NFL has fined him twice for having his jersey untucked. The first fine cost Lamb $5,150 and the second was $15,450. If Lamb commits the same violation a third time, he will be fined $46,350.
Lamb was also fined $5,150 for his socks not covering his lower leg in Dallas’ first game of the season. He was then fined $10,815 for an illegal crackback block against the Carolina Panthers and $10,300 for taunting against the New England Patriots.
The Cowboys beat the Patriots in overtime prior to their bye two weeks ago. Lamb torched New England’s secondary for the game-winning touchdown and then waived in the face of a defensive back.
In total, Lamb has been fined $46,865. Players have mocked the NFL in the past for uniform-related fines, but the money is starting to add up for Lamb. His base salary for 2021 is $1.247 million. He likely has a big contract coming his way at some point, but the fines are a significant portion of his earnings.
Photo: Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Chargers may be playing in a new home stadium, but they’re experiencing the same old attendance problems.
Dallas Cowboys fans had a strong presence at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday for the Week 2 game between the teams. One reporter estimated 70 percent of the stadium was full of Cowboys fans.
Cowboys players certainly took note of the fan support they had. CeeDee Lamb said it felt like a home game for them.
Quarterback Dak Prescott said the offense didn’t even have to use a silent snap count despite being on the road.
This is nothing new. Since leaving San Diego, the Chargers have had severe attendance issues. Their ownership group might not really care so long as the stadium is full, unfortunately.
FOX’s TV feed had a glitch on a CeeDee Lamb touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Lamb went in for a 19-yard rushing touchdown on a 2nd-and-6 play to put Dallas up 37-17 with just under two minutes left. As Lamb was going towards the end zone, there was a screen glitch on FOX. It looked like some Andy Dalton stats got scrambled all over the screen.
The issue resolved after seconds, but it was still odd to see. The even bigger surprise may be that even after a 3-9 start, the Dallas Cowboys have a chance to win the NFC East.
CeeDee Lamb was at the center of two plays that did not go the Dallas Cowboys’ way at the end of the first half on Tuesday against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Cowboys went into halftime down 17-10, but they had a shot to tie the game. They had a 3rd-and-6 with 13 seconds left and Andy Dalton threw incomplete towards the left sideline for Lamb. Lamb was waving his arms in the air and couldn’t believe no flag was thrown for pass interference committed by Deshon Elliott.
A penalty for pass interference would have put the Cowboys in field goal range.
Since they didn’t get the call, Dallas attempted a Hail Mary on the final play of the half. Dalton heaved a great ball that actually went through Lamb’s hands:
What a bad break for the Cowboys. They caught one really nice break in the first half, but those misses hurt.
CeeDee Lamb is carrying on the tradition of being a big-time wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys wearing jersey number 88. And he is not taking that responsibility lightly.
Lamb wore numbers nine and two at Oklahoma, but he had his choice of jersey with the Cowboys after being taken No. 17 overall in the draft. He initially picked jersey No. 10 but then switched to 88.
Lamb talked about the number during an interview with 105.3 The Fan’s “G-Bag Nation” on Thursday.
“I had the option of picking of 10 or 88, and then I picked 10,” Lamb told the hosts. “Then I kind of went more in-depth, understanding the situation and tradition, and how much (88) means to the organization. And the great legends and what they’ve with that number, it’s kind of like, why not keep the tradition going? Just trying to keep the legacy of 88 going in Dallas.”
There was talk that Jerry Jones was pushing Lamb to wear the number, which would make sense considering Jones is more acutely aware of the significance of the number. Franchise stud wide receivers Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant have all worn it.
Lamb eventually chose 88 and says he talked to “The Playmaker” about it.
“I called Mike Irvin right before everything got announced. We talked about the tradition and the respect I have for him and that number, and how much of an edge he’s given me while wearing that number … how much of a goal and dream that I have … when I look down and see 88, it’s kind of a reminder. When I see 88, it’s going to remind me of who wore it before me.”
Lamb had 62 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns at Oklahoma last season. He should fare well in Dallas’ offense. And the Cowboys know how lucky they were to land him.
Sometimes fans will look back on a draft and wonder how a player slipped so far. That may end up being the case with CeeDee Lamb, who was taken No. 17 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in April’s draft.
So how did Lamb fall so far? And how did the Cowboys end up with him? Well, they weren’t planning on it, but they adjusted when he was there.
The Athletic’s Mike Sando wrote a column published on Friday featuring comments from NFL executives about the draft. A comment about the Cowboys said Dallas did not have plans to take a receiver until Lamb fell to them.
“Dallas had no intention of taking a receiver,” an exec told Sando. “Then the receiver who was arguably the top one in the class (CeeDee Lamb) falls to them. OK, they are going to be in 11 personnel a lot. It makes sense, them taking him.”
Many teams are more focused on drafting for a need, which likely explains why Atlanta took cornerback A.J. Terrell at No. 16. Denver preferred Jerry Jeudy and took the former Alabama wide receiver at No. 15, while the Raiders also happened to prefer a different Bama wide receiver — speedster Henry Ruggs — whom they took at No. 12.
Rather than focus on needs, the Cowboys stuck to their draft board and took the best player available, which is the smartest play. Why? Because five years down the line, you don’t want to be the team that missed on a big playmaker like Lamb because you thought you needed a cornerback or interior lineman instead.
CeeDee Lamb is hoping to carry on the legacy of great wide receivers wearing No. 88 with the Dallas Cowboys, and many have wondered how Dez Bryant will feel about that. We now have our answer.
After word surfaced on Thursday that Lamb will wear No. 88 with the Cowboys, a fan on Twitter asked Bryant how he feels about a rookie wearing his old number. Bryant responded with a message of support for Lamb.
Bryant was in a similar situation to Lamb when the Cowboys drafted him back in 2010, as Dez wore No. 88 after Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. While his tenure in Dallas ended in disappointing fashion, Bryant lived up to the hype for many seasons.
Bryant has campaigned for the Cowboys to bring him back, and he would probably have no issue wearing a new jersey number for another chance to play in the NFL. Though, considering how Lamb came to wear No. 88 in the first place, it’s possible he could be persuaded to give it up.
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping CeeDee Lamb will be the next great wide receiver in a long line of franchise legends, and Jerry Jones has understandably high expectations for the former Oklahoma star. For evidence of that, look no further than the events that led to Lamb wearing jersey No. 88.
Lamb, who wore No. 2 in college, indicated after the draft that he wanted to wear No. 10 with the Cowboys. However, Jones wanted Lamb to wear No. 88. The Cowboys owner indicated as much when he spoke about the team’s decision to draft Lamb. Jones said he wants the rookie to wear No. 88 like Jones’ close friend and former Arkansas teammate Jerry Lamb wore. Jerry died back in December.
“I said in honor of my great friend that just passed (in December), we’re going to have his namesake come on over here and wear old No. 88 just like Michael and Dez and those guys,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “And we’ve got us a receiver. Let me tell you one thing: If he’s got the compete and heart of that Jerry Lamb, he’ll be bad to the bone.'”
And so, after saying he wanted to wear No. 10, Lamb will now wear No. 88 like Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant before him.
Many will view that as Jones pressuring Lamb to wear No. 88, which may have been the case. On the flip side, Lamb might be honored that Jones asked him to wear the number.
One thing is for sure — Lamb’s newly assigned jersey number would make the return of a certain former Cowboys star a lot more awkward.