HBO’s Hard Knocks is officially back, reminding us that the 2021 NFL season is just around the corner. Episode 2 of the five-part series aired Tuesday night on HBO, offering viewers another look inside the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California ahead of their Week 1 preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Let’s take a look at the biggest storylines emerging for the Dallas Cowboys this season of we recap the first episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks 2021.
There’s no such thing as “oversharing” on Hard Knocks.
In case you’re wondering, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is not immune to chafing, and the crew of Hard Knocks is not shy to air the footage of him letting us know. This segment went on for what felt like two to three years (equal to approximately 30 seconds in real-time), as Zeke let us all know exactly what he needed to push through another day at training camp — as much baby powder as possible.
Very HBO of Hard Knocks to kick off the episode with crotch closeups and Zeke needing baby powder for chafing— Leah Vann (@LVann_Sports) August 18, 2021
NFL players like British accents, too.
The Hard Knocks team spent some time with Cowboys defensive line coach Aden Durde. The takeaway? The team loves his British accent. To be fair, I’m not sure that I can think of many who don’t love a British accent. We were privy to some fantastic impressions of Durede’s accent courtesy of the Cowboys roster, but let’s be real, it was nothing compared to the real thing. Whether or not you like the Cowboys, it’s probably worth tuning in to the third episode just for some more time with Durde’s delightful accent.
Azur Kamara is the underdog we’re all rooting for.
Second-year linebacker/edge rusher Azur Kamara may be the underdog that the Hard Knocks production crew is keying in on for the 2021 season. Kamara was a UDFA in the 2020 NFL Draft and the story of him and his family fleeing to the US from the Ivory Coast is a heart-wrenching and captivating one. He finished the Cowboys second pre-season game against the Cardinals with three solo tackles and a whole lotta’ heart. Hard Knocks closed out the episode with a heartfelt moment between Kamara and his family, who cheered him on from the stands at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
CeeDee Lamb’s average draft position (ADP) for 2021 fantasy football just exploded.
CeeDee Lamb racked up 74 catches for 934 receiving yards and 5 TDs as a rookie, and the bar is that much higher heading into his second season. From former Cowboy Michael Irvin to current QB Dak Prescott, the praise for the second-year wideout has been consistent.
Right now, Lamb is being drafted as the WR12 in fantasy football, per FantasyPros. As we look to pair Lamb’s beautiful rookie stat line with the return of Dak Prescott, training camp hype and Hard Knocks highlights, it wouldn’t be unexpected to see him pop into the mid-second round of your fantasy football drafts.
Lamb averaged 17 fantasy points per game in PPR scoring formats in his five games played with Prescott in his rookie season. That includes a monstrous 16-game pace of 1,386 receiving yards (which still wouldn’t have exceeded fellow rookie WR Justin Jefferson, incredibly) and 274 fantasy points. It would have been enough for a WR10 finish in PPR — just ahead of Bills stud Stefon Diggs.
Dak Prescott watching CeeDee Lamb in practice: “That’s an easy guy to throw a go-ball to. … CeeDee just walks underneath them.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 17, 2021
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