Dallas Cowboys: How Less Jason Witten Could Mean More Scoring

June 29, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Jason Witten may very well be a first ballot Hall of Famer by the time his career wraps up. He is the consummate professional and team player in addition to being one of the most prolific tight ends in NFL history.
And yet, Jason Garrett has probably limited this offense by featuring Witten as much as he has over the last two years. It’s understandable to feature a guy who is so reliable, has moved the chains for your club for a decade and is always where you need him to be.
But throwing to Witten as often as Dallas does causes several problems for its offense:
Witten no longer has great yards-after-catch numbers. Witten catching it means Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Dwayne Harris and DeMarco Murray aren’t catching it. Every one of them is much more dangerous in space. Witten in a route means Dallas' best blocking tight end isn’t blocking. Witten catching so many balls is a progress-stopper for developing tight ends and receivers. Specifically, Harris, Jam...

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