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The Dallas Cowboys have WR Odell Beckham Jr. in their sights

Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 Beckham to the Cowboys? NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently reported that the Dallas Cowboys have Odell Beckham Jr. “in their sights.”

 A much-needed boost: CeeDee Lamb is the Cowboys' only wide receiver with a PFF overall grade above 70.0 this season.

 Gas left in the tank: Beckham averaged 2.67 yards per route run in the playoffs last season, fourth among all players.

Recent reports from NFL Networks Ian Rapoport suggest that the Dallas Cowboys plan to make a strong play for free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the coming weeks.

CeeDee Lamb is currently the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver, and the signing of Beckham Jr. would be unlikely to change that. Through eight weeks, the former Oklahoma Sooner is on pace for almost 1,200 receiving yards, and his 2.25 yards per route run ranks ninth among wide receivers with at least 30 targets. 

Dallas lacks a difference-maker at receiver outside of Lamb, though, with Noah Brown and Michael Gallup averaging 1.76 and 1.13 yards per route run, respectively.

Lamb has been targeted on 26.8% of receiving snaps this season. No other Cowboys receiver who has played 100 or more images is above 20.0%. That itself isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s hard to argue that an improvement at the No. 2 spot wouldn’t help this offense down the stretch.

Dallas Cowboys wide receivers: PFF receiving grade and rank in 2022
Name Rec. snaps Targets Grade Rank
CeeDee Lamb 261 68 78.6 14 of 96
Noah Brown 208 36 71.0 41 of 96
Michael Gallup 127 22 63.2 70 of 96
Simi Fehoko 24 4 59.5 N/A
Dennis Houston 52 6 54.7 N/A
KaVontae Turpin 13 0 52.9 N/A
Jalen Tolbert 30 2 51.3 N/A

While Beckham Jr. hasn’t dominated since leaving the New York Giants, where he averaged at least 2.10 yards per route run every season, we did see him start to look like a serious threat again in the 2021 playoffs.

During that four-game stretch, the now ninth-year wideout produced a PFF receiving grade of 84.7, trailing only Cooper Kupp among Rams receivers. Targeted on 22.2% of his receiving snaps, he averaged 2.67 yards per route run, ranking fourth among 33 players in the playoffs with at least 10 targets.

As the Cowboys try to wrestle the NFC East lead — and likely the No. 1 seed in the NFC — from the Philadelphia Eagles down the stretch, pairing Beckham with Lamb could be the combination that takes them to the next level.

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