Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to establish a dominant aerial attack as part of his offense’s identity.
Kyler Murray is currently ranked third in the NFL in pass attempts (137) and will likely move up to first after this Sunday’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.
The much-stronger vertical game of the Cardinals has Larry Fitzgerald off to one of the best starts of his 16-year NFL career.
Steve Keim made an effort this season to add more firepower to the Cardinals’ offense. He drafted three rookie receivers but sixth-round pick KeeSean Johnson is the only receiver that has made any sort of impact. Second-round pick Andy Isabella has been relegated to kick return duties only as he continues to learn the mental aspect of the NFL. Fourth-round pick Hakeem Butler was placed on injury reserve after suffering a season-ending hand injury during the preseason.
With the underwhelming output of the Cardinals’ rookie receiver and the possibility of 2019 being Fitzgerald’s last season, could GM Steve Keim consider drafting his potential successor in Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb?
Although Lamb (6-2 191lbs) is off to a slow start this season, he set a career-high in receiving yards (183) and scored three touchdowns today against Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury’s former team.
In his previous two seasons, he caught 111 passes for 1,965 receiving yards and scored on 18 touchdowns.
This season through four games, he has caught 15 passes for 412 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Lamb was already considered to be one of the best wide receiver in college football last season when he had Kyler Murray as his quarterback. Now, he has propelled himself into the conversation as one of the top receiver prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft if he chooses to declare.
There is no doubt in my mind that Murray’s previous connection with Lamb will go into consideration with the Cardinals’ first pick next April.
Lamb would give the Cardinals a legitimate franchise receiver to work with as Fitzgerald is towards the back-end of his career. He would be a part of a dangerous trio with Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
The Cardinals’ 2019 season is far from over but CeeDee Lamb to Arizona in 2020 makes a lot of sense.