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CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs came to Dallas together. Now, they’re setting the tone of Cowboys camp.

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 7/26/2021 David Moore, The Dallas Morning News

OXNARD, Calif. — CeeDee Lamb made a beautiful, one-handed catch in front of Trevon Diggs as he went out of bounds.

He immediately turned and let the cornerback hear about it.

“I had to get you back,” Lamb shouted.

“I’m going to get you back, too," Diggs barked in response.

To be continued…

Lamb and Diggs are friends. They walked onto the field together for Sunday’s practice, talking and laughing before they broke up to go to their position groups.

The first two players taken in the 2020 draft class for the Cowboys are off to strong starts. Both are poised to build on their rookie seasons and make even bigger contributions this season.

Lamb, primarily a slot receiver in his first season, is getting most of his work on the outside as Amari Cooper opens camp on the physically unable to perform list. Not a day goes by without coaches and players raving about the aggressiveness and edge Diggs has shown.

Dak Prescott will chime in on that subject in a bit.

Camp is about competition. Lamb and Diggs have done their parts. Their exchanges are reminiscent of the spirited battles running back DeMarco Murray and linebacker Sean Lee had in Oxnard a few years back.

These two are among a group that have helped set the early tone for a team that won’t break out the pads for practice until Wednesday.

“You can’t have enough of it," head coach Mike McCarthy said. “That is exactly what you want. We are doing drills that fit the tempo to what the players are wearing, the helmets and the shells.

“The perimeter players are able to get full speed work. You need this top level of competition. We need it all the way across the board."

Now, back to that one-handed catch.

“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."

The first one came a few snaps earlier. It was the same, sideline out. Diggs got between Prescott’s pass and Lamb on that one to break it up.

“It’s tied up," Diggs said of the competition. “It’s 1-1.

“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.

“It’s good. It works for the both of us. I’m going to push him."

Diggs calls Lamb a good friend and a “heck of a player." The two have known each other since their college days.

Lamb went to Oklahoma. Diggs went to Alabama. The two teams met in college, but Diggs was injured and unable to play.

You can bet the Sooners impending move to the SEC has been a topic of conversation between the two in recent days. Lamb is excited about the move and wishes he could have played in the SEC.

Diggs acknowledges the Sooners have rolled through the Big 12 in recent years and talks about how Oklahoma can, “come play some big boy ball now."

The debate is ongoing.

“He has his words and I have mine," Lamb said. “He has his side of the story and I have my side of the story.

“There are three sides to it. His, mine and the truth."

The truth is both players are having fun and setting a tone. Diggs was the first to declare with an interception of Prescott in the opening practice of this camp.

The two went face-to-face and jawed afterwards.

“First, he was out of bounds," Prescott maintained. “Way out of bounds. I don’t think he got one foot in.

“I was making sure he knew that. Making sure he knew that wasn’t an interception."

It won’t surprise you to learn that Diggs disagrees.

“I was in bounds," he said. “It was an interception."

These are the sort of moments teammates share as they prepare for the regular season.

“He’s a competitive guy," Prescott said of Diggs. “I love the way he plays the game. I love his mentality.

“I’m going to try to grow it. It makes me better. It makes the receivers better. And he’s going to better because of it and that is going to make this team great.”

The same can be said of Lamb.

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