The Dallas Cowboys recently concluded their training camp ahead of the NFL preseason. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and cornerback Trevon Diggs were among the players who showed up on the training court at Oxnard. Both players had themselves practicing one-on-one together.
As shown in a video shared by The Athletic’s Jon Machota on Twitter, Lamb and Diggs were involved in a drill. They competed with each other, with Lamb receiving the ball while Diggs guarding him. Lamb challenged Diggs after making a one-hand catch of the ball thrown, and Diggs responded to it.
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— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2022
“I had to get you back,’’ Lamb said.
“I’m going to get you back, too,’’ Diggs said.
Lamb said that the competition between them could help him to improve. He said that he liked to compete and recognized Diggs as a high-quality player to play with.
Diggs talked about how they had competed with each other in daily practice. He said that he and Diggs pushed their limits to give a hundred percent in the practice session. He also said that they had a “competitive mentality”.
“Yeah, me and T-Diggs, we’re going to compete always,’’ Lamb said. “We came in together. We hold each other to a high standard.
“He got me on the first one so I had no choice but to let him hear it a little bit.’’
Diggs said they were equal in skills.
CeeDee Lamb doing CeeDee Lamb things pic.twitter.com/b0r4qnzleI
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 1, 2021
“We always compete. We have a competitive mentality. I need that as well, going against somebody in practice every day that I know is going to battle with me and I know is going to give 100 percent every play,” Diggs said.
“It’s good. It works for the both of us. I’m going to push him.’’
Lamb, Diggs’ statistics
Both Lamb and Diggs were looking to show their improvement in the second year by joining the Cowboys’ preseason camp. Both of them have become a part of the team since drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, with Lamb being selected with the 17th overall pick, while Diggs was selected in the second round with the 51st overall pick.
Lamb had recorded 153 receptions with 2,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 158 rushing yards. Somehow, Diggs, who played defensive for the Cowboys, led the team in interceptions (14) despite missing four games due to a broken foot. He also recorded 110 tackles and averaged 1.0 sacks per game.
— Matthew J. Lenix (@StarConscience) August 3, 2021
“I don’t think it’s a shock that he’s going to get a lot of targets,” team offensive coordinator Kellen Moore praised Lamb. “He’s really coming into his own right now. … He’s taking ownership of it. … He’s going to have a great opportunity here. CeeDee is ready.”
Matthew Lenix from Inside the Star said that the 2022 NFL season would become an opportunity for Lamb and Diggs. Last year, Lamb reached 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career.
On the other hand, Lenix said that Diggs was establishing himself as a good defender who can rely on his size (6 ft 1 in, 204 lb) and his press-man coverage play.
Both of the rookies are predicted to prove their worth in the preseason on Saturday, August 13 against the Denver Broncos.