ARLINGTON – Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he spoke with free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Thanksgiving.
Jones did not provide many details of the conversation or when Beckham will visit Cowboys officials in person, but a person familiar with the situation said The Dallas Morning News the visit is scheduled for Monday, December 5.
It’s clear the team is focused on improving the wide receiver position.
“Odell can help us,” Jones said after the Cowboys beat the Giants on Thursday. “I don’t want to make comparisons, but Odell can help us. I believe that right now. He has to make it fit and that’s the challenge.”
Beckham is recovering from a torn ACL and it is not known when he will be available to play. The Cowboys have six games left in their regular season and a playoff game is expected in January, should the team clinch the NFC East or a wild card berth.
“I think overall how we make this fit together and all of that availability is huge,” Jones said. “But the financial part is also really huge.”
On Sunday, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup probably combined their best efforts. Lamb finished with six receptions for 106 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season, and Gallup had five receptions for 63 yards. Both players made several contested catches and Lamb made a one-handed grab while he was held on.
“To be honest, they had me held up all night,” Lamb said. “They were holding one arm, it was the same arm, the left, so I only had my right hand and I had to start using it.”
Lamb nearly had a touchdown reception on a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone, but he didn’t put both feet down.
If anything, the Cowboys receivers made a statement, whether Beckham joins the team or not, they shouldn’t be seen as supportive.
Lamb entered the season as the No. 1 wide receiver, and the opposite has been seen at times. Over the last three games, Lamb has 22 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Dak Prescott said Gallup is finding a rhythm after missing the early part of the season recovering from his own torn ACL. There were two passes directed toward Lamb and Gallup on Thursday that were intercepted. One pass came off Lamb’s body and another when a defender jumped a Gallup route.
But overall, Jones is pleased with the performances.
“I think Lamb and Gallup, overall, we played very well,” Jones said. “I feel great about our receiving corps and frankly our passing game if you include our backfield guys, our tight ends. I feel good about our receiving corps, really.”
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