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A Season In Review: Jason Witten

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

  • 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.

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  • SmartThinking

    It sure is fun watching him play.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. He just plays with a ton of energy. Definitely a future HOF.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Witten is very reliable. I would go with an A-. Those are solid numbers for a TE that is not a hybrid WR like Graham. My only complaint with Witten is he tends to get penalties (holding and false starts) at really bad times and he has always been slow. But as one Giant LB once said: Witten is so slow, but he is always open!

  • JoeDaBeast

    As talented as Witten is, why is he still the subject of “he needs to restructure his contract” from many of the so called “fans” of the Cowboys? Or are they trolls wanting the team to break down further?