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Player Spotlight: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (1 Viewer)

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Thread Topic: Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

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Shutout

Footballguy
Same as always:

-Will play every game

-Will compile enough to make him a top 5

-Will have two games where he goes 2 for 14 or something stupid.

-Will follow that up with a 12 for 167 performance.

Just keeps on keeping on. Overall will never hurt your chances.

/end thread

 

Bri

Footballguy
Probably the most complete TE in the game. There is nothing he doesn't do well.

90, 1000, 10 TD

The key here is Romo (and everyone else with the Cowboys) has total confidence in him. There might be faster or more athletic or ...he is the most complete TE IMO.

In 2012, he got six catches most weeks which is awesome for any player nevermind a TE. When they were struggling, they went to him more often and wow did he give it his all. 13 catches in a loss to the Bears, 18 catches in a loss to the Gmen. The upside here is jaw-dropping because most weeks he is easily capable of more.

Anymore than 6 a game and we're past 100 catches for the year.

He had only eight catches in September last year, as he recovered from a lacerated spleen. There were debates whether he should sit. He had 102 catches after september; that's incredible.

 

fightingillini

Footballguy
Witten again will catch a lot of passes, but isn't a big TD producer, which keeps him from the Graham's and the Gronk's of the world. Solid reliable option, but I think you can draft TEs much later this year and, while not necessarily getting better production from Witten, you can come close enough so that you can keep stockpiliing RBs/WRs/good QB and more than make up the difference.

So IMO, I likely will pass on Witten in the 3rd or 4th round.

80 rec, 900 yds, 7 TD

 

bumpman

Footballguy
It could be just fluff, but there are reports out of TC that Witten is getting many more looks in the red zone.

Jason Witten has been too long ignored in the red zone. That’s not the case in this camp. Rarely a day goes by that the veteran tight end doesn’t score during the red zone session. He will be an emphasis for Bill Callahan inside the 20 and appears to be the beneficiary of some of the schematic tweaks put in place.

http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/cowboys-day-10-team-finds-te-jason-witten-in-red-zone-s-barry-church-better-not-be-out-long.html/

 

Bri

Footballguy
It could be just fluff, but there are reports out of TC that Witten is getting many more looks in the red zone.

Jason Witten has been too long ignored in the red zone. That’s not the case in this camp. Rarely a day goes by that the veteran tight end doesn’t score during the red zone session. He will be an emphasis for Bill Callahan inside the 20 and appears to be the beneficiary of some of the schematic tweaks put in place.

http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/cowboys-day-10-team-finds-te-jason-witten-in-red-zone-s-barry-church-better-not-be-out-long.html/
who were callahans TEs before?

No one seems to be as talented as Witten so I'm not saying it'll be a direct indicator of anything, I'm just curious is all

 

Biabreakable

Footballguy
It could be just fluff, but there are reports out of TC that Witten is getting many more looks in the red zone.

Jason Witten has been too long ignored in the red zone. That’s not the case in this camp. Rarely a day goes by that the veteran tight end doesn’t score during the red zone session. He will be an emphasis for Bill Callahan inside the 20 and appears to be the beneficiary of some of the schematic tweaks put in place.

http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2013/07/cowboys-day-10-team-finds-te-jason-witten-in-red-zone-s-barry-church-better-not-be-out-long.html/
who were callahans TEs before?

No one seems to be as talented as Witten so I'm not saying it'll be a direct indicator of anything, I'm just curious is all
Bill Callahan coaching history: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/CallBi0.htm

It looks like he has primarily been a offensive line coach and besides OC and HC positions he was also once listed as the TE coach. Coaches he has worked with are Jon Gruden, Mark Trestman, Brian Schottenheimer.

TE he has had to work with are

Ricky Dudley 9th overall pick in the 1996 draft. His early career was decent.

Doug Jolley 2nd round pick who didn't really pan out.

Dustin Keller 30th overall pick in the 2008 draft who has been pretty good.

Jason Witten is good no matter who is coaching.

 

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