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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

6-5, 257Born: 5-6-1982College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 3

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2017 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Witten was another underperforming Dallas offensive player in 2017 and finished with minimal impact in the Week 17 win over Philadelphia as the Cowboys were out of the playoff race. Witten was fifth on the team in receiving yards on a mere three targets. Witten made one notable catch, hauling in a third-and-long throw which was behind him. However, Witten was short of the first down on the play. Witten also had a short reception called back by penalty. Early reports are the aging and eroding tight end will return in 2018, but the bigger question is if he is worth it for Dallas. As a 15-year NFL veteran, all with Dallas, the allegiance factor is high, but the results have fallen to a career low of 8.9 yards-per-catch and 35 yards-per-game in 2017, which is the lowest since his rookie season. Witten has no dead money left on his contract and slated for $6.5 million in 2017, a figure too high for Witten's recent lack of impact.

2017 Week 16 vs SEA (9 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Witten led the team with nine targets against Seattle, but his performance could have been much better. Witten's first targets came in the closing seconds of the first half, including a drop and being out-of-bounds before securing the catch. Witten's only notable reception was converting a third down late in the game. Witten also contributed a holding penalty as a blocker.

2017 Week 15 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)

Witten bounced back from back-to-back games with a single reception. Witten had two notable catches against Oakland, once coming wide open on a deep out and another on one of Dak Prescott's best throws of the game, a stick throw in coverage to convert third-and-long. On another third down catch, Witten stretched for the first down marker but it was reversed upon replay as he was short of the conversion. Witten's deepest target of the game was tipped away down the sideline. Also, Witten had to help out with blocking at points in the second half as Tyron Smith missed time in-game and Dallas struggled to protect Dak Prescott in obvious passing situations.

2017 Week 14 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 20 / 1 rec)

For the sixth time this season Witten had a game with a single reception. Against the Giants, however, Witten made it count with a beautifully thrown seam pass from Dak Prescott for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Dallas took the lead for good in the road victory. Witten did not see a target until the fourth quarter as Prescott threw the other pass Witten's direction well behind him. Witten has shown physical erosion this season, especially since the opening two weeks of the season, but has remained a red zone presence despite averaging only 8.8 yards-per-reception this year and struggling to separate on some of his long-time successful short and intermediate routes.

2017 Week 13 vs WAS (5 / 1 / 8 / 1 rec)

Witten struggled to separate for much of Dallas' comfortable home win over Washington. Witten was the recipient of one of Dak Prescott's better throws on the day, a laser red zone slant for a touchdown. Witten's waning production continues this year as his yards-per-catch marks a career low (8.6) and he has a single reception in 5-of-12 games.

2017 Week 12 vs LAC (7 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)

While Witten collected a team-high seven receptions, a hearty 35% of the team total, his impact was minimal against the Chargers. Witten's yards-per-reception continues to wane and after-catch opportunities are few and far between. Witten is averaging by far a career-low 8.6 yards-per-reception on the season and this game was a microcosm with multiple catches in the front of the first down marker in inconsequential situations.

2017 Week 11 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

After a hot start to the season, the veteran tight end has eroded in role and impact over the past two months. Week 11 was a new low with a single target for Witten, which was a quick hitch route on the first offensive play for Dallas' in the game.

2017 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)

Witten led the team in receptions by a decent margin this week, but aggregated his catches in garbage time of the blowout loss in Atlanta. Outside of a single Brice Butler deep reception, Dallas' passing game struggled to win on more than short-range hitches, crossing routes, and out routes. Witten collected five of his receptions in the closing minutes, including a seam route for close to 20 yards. Witten did not see a target until close to halftime and his box score impact did not align with how his production was obtained. With Dallas' offensive line struggles, Witten is a candidate to see more in-line time to protect Dak Prescott with more strong pass-rushing units on deck for Dallas in the coming weeks.

2017 Week 9 vs KC (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Witten's logged his lowest target total of the season as Cole Beasley was the red zone flavor of the week and Terrance Williams enjoyed a career performance outside the red zone. Witten's best moment, an outstanding catch on an out route, was called back by penalty. Witten's lone reception did convert a third down, one of Dak Prescott's better throws in the game. After a torrid start to the season through two weeks, Witten has averaged three receptions per game and less than 30 yards per contest since. In Week 10, Atlanta marked a stingy matchup for opposing tight ends, allowing only one tight end to surpass 51 yards in a game all season (Charles Clay in Week 4) and one total touchdown to tight ends.

2017 Week 8 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

With 22 passes as a team, there was little room for a strong performance by any Dallas pass catcher against Washington. Witten had the second-most targets with five, but his best scoring chance - a third down red zone target - was one of Dak Prescott's most inaccurate deliveries in the game. One of Witten's receptions was well short of the first down marker on third-and-long as well. The passing matchups improve over the next two weeks with Kansas City and Atlanta for Dallas' passing game and the potential Ezekiel Elliott suspension could trigger a shift to more passing volume overall for the Cowboys.

2017 Week 7 vs SF (4 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)

With a run-centric offensive approach in Dallas' comfortable road win in San Francisco, Witten was the second-most targeted option with four passes. Witten dominated on his opportunities and Dak Prescott's most accurate throws were in Witten's direction. Witten made a highlight reel one-handed touchdown down the sideline in tight coverage and a contested play over the middle of the field. Despite two dud games this season, Witten is on pace for more than 750 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. Both would mark his highest totals since 2013.

2017 Week 5 vs GB (10 / 8 / 61 / 0 rec)

Witten bounced back from two non-descript games as the leading receiver for Dallas against Green Bay. Amidst the success, Witten did log a fourth quarter drop. While uncommon at this stage of his career, Witten did not have any after-the-catch opportunities, relying on contested catches for most of his yardage. The 49ers are one of the most difficult matchups for opposing tight ends in efficiency allowed waiting for Jason Witten after Dallas' Week 6 bye.

2017 Week 4 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Witten has been a non-factor for two straight games, logging a single catch against the Rams. Ezekiel Elliott has been the preferred short-range target of Dak Prescott and Witten did not log a catch until the final two minutes of the game. Earlier in the contest Witten had a touchdown opportunity as he crossed in the back of the end zone, but Prescott's throw was too far in front of the veteran tight end. Next week offers a tough test for Witten to get on track as the Packers are one of the best defenses in the NFL against tight ends.

2017 Week 3 vs ARI (4 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

After two strong games to open the season, Witten was silent against the Cardinals. While he saw four targets by the box score, only one was a catchable pass. On third-and-long, Witten converted a short out route for the reception, but well in front of the sticks to force a Dallas punt.

2017 Week 2 vs DEN (13 / 10 / 97 / 1 rec)

Witten was a high-volume fixture of Dallas' passing game against Denver, one of the lone elements to see success in the blowout loss. Witten's targets were primarily less than 10 yards, including short hitches and out-breaking routes. Witten's lone foray down the field was one of Prescott's best throws of the game down the seam as Witten found the end zone. Witten dropped another touchdown opportunity late in the fourth quarter, an end zone target, as Dallas had a sliver of hope to stay alive. Witten has more than 25% of the team targets through two games and while his yards-per-catch continues to erode in his mid-30s, Witten remains a critical element to Dallas' offensive success.

2017 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)

Witten was the featured chain-mover of the Dallas passing game in Week 1, leading the team in targets and receptions. While Dak Prescott struggled with accuracy in Dez Bryant's direction in the end zone and downfield, Prescott and Witten were sharp. Witten converted Dallas' lone touchdown, a too-easy play-action red zone score over the middle on a slant route. Witten's after-the-catch ability has waned in recent seasons, but his hands and route running are sturdy elements continuing to pay dividends in his twilight years.


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