Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said they do not plan on taking away WR CeeDee Lamb‘s punt return duties despite being a valuable part of their offense.
“We made it clear when I hired John Fassel that special teams were going to be a priority here,” McCarthy said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I don’t view players graduating from special teams. … You like to be able to see your players do more than one thing. It’s something that we talk about a lot in player acquisition. What are the two things he can do? Obviously, his offensive and defensive role, but what part of special teams can he contribute? And hey, you need more than one returner, too. We understand that. It’s a long season. It’s a longer season.”
McCarthy compared Lamb to Texans WR Randall Cobb and doesn’t expect the Cowboys to have a “pitch count” on Lamb’s availability.
“I’ve gone through it before, Randall Cobb would probably be the last player that I went through it where he started out primarily as the returner and then as he grew and his numbers grew, you start looking at pitch count and things like that. I don’t see us there with CeeDee. But at the end of the day, we’ll have more than one returner.”
“I fell in love with Daniel after the first week I hung out with him going through training camp last summer,” Brown said, via Matt Lombardo of Fansided. “He’s just a different type of competitor.
“He’s ambitious. It’s almost sneaky-competitor, he’s a guy who’s very laid back, you’re going to sleep on him, but he’s going to outrun you, he’s going to out-bench you, do whatever he needs to do to get better, but he’s going to do it in a silent manner to take care of business. I’m a big fan of Daniel Jones, and I’m happy he’s our quarterback.”
“I think that what was so unique for our team last year is that (Smith) and coach Rivera were so unique in the adversities they were going through last year,” McLaurin said, via NFL.com. “And it was a little similar, in that, obviously coach Rivera was dealing with cancer, but Alex Smith was dealing with a life-threatening injury. Just the way they approached practice, you would have never known anything was wrong, by the way. They never had a feel sorry for me moment. They never really had moments where they were going to use what they were going through as an excuse. They were always going to put their best foot forward.”