The “A Season In Review” series continues today with Jason Witten. The Tennessee product has been a consummate professional in the NFL as he has donned a Dallas Cowboys uniform for his whole career. Witten a fan favorite in Dallas he is one of the most loyal players on this roster. By the end of his career, Witten may be one of the best tight ends to ever play the game. He’s on pace to break all of Tony Gonzalez’s records before he retires.
While he is still one of the most productive tight ends in the league, it is clear that Witten has lost a step since his prime. He still has reliables hands and he is still an above-average run-blocker, but the clock is ticking for Jason Witten. He still is one of Tony Romo’s favorite targets regardless of having Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray in the same offense. Let’s take a look at some of Witten’s stats in 2013:
(all stats courtesy of NFL.com):
- 73 receptions
- 851 receiving yards
- 8 touchdowns
In 2012, Witten had a career year with 110 receptions for 1,000 yards. He didn’t have the same production as he did last year, but Witten was still an above-average tight end. In an era where guys like Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis are changing the tight end position, there is still Witten who is a traditional type of player at the position.
Witten has been as reliable as a franchise could for as he has only missed one game in entire career. A locker room always needs leaders, and that’s exactly what Witten is. The Tennessee product will always be there to get this team going when they are slumping. Witten is a monumental player for the Cowboys. One day, he will definitely be in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
Final Grade: B+
Compared to last year, Witten excelled in the touchdown statistic. The Cowboys were awful in the redzone in 2012. But in 2013, they were one of the better teams in the redzone. Witten was a huge part of that because his blocking and pass-catching abilities. Romo is lucky to have one of the best tight ends of all time on his offense.