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Dallas Cowboys Season Preview: Jason Witten

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Jason Witten is one of the most well-rounded players in the NFL. Not only is he a presence on the field, but Witten does a great job mentoring the young players on this team. Tony Romo‘s best friend on this football team is Witten. After all, the two went on a vacation with their girlfriends in 2007. While Witten’s numbers have gone down in recent years, he is still Romo’s most dependable weapon on this football team.

At age 32, Witten is nearing the end of his football career, and the combination of Gavin Escobar and James Hanna will soon take over Witten’s starting duties. Escobar, in particular, is a player that has an intriguing skillset. The Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft thinking he would be the heir apparent to Witten. Escobar is a 6’6″, 250-pound tight end that has long arms. He isn’t the fastest player, but he has drawn comparisons to Charles Clay for his receiving ability.

The Cowboys have Witten under contract until 2018 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Around 2016, Witten will not be the starting tight end on this roster. But until then, Witten will still produce at a consistent clip. He is no longer a 1,000 yard receiver, but Witten can still have 700 yards. With a better offensive line and a more open offense, Witten will benefit greatly.

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