TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
|6-5, 257||Born: 5-6-1982||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2003|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 12): Witten was a Week 10 letdown as Dak Prescott was looking to Blake Jarwin almost as much as the veteran.
Week 11: at Detroit Lions
FBG says: Good matchup. The Dallas Cowboys' passing attack has been one of the league's most impressive units thus far in 2019. Dak Prescott, under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, has grown into one of the NFL's most consistent quarterbacks this season. Prescott ranks fifth in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt this season, and his impressive group of pass-catchers has thrived as a result of his growth under-center. Amari Cooper has been one of the NFL's most consistent wide receivers since joining the Cowboys early last season, and this season has been no different. Second-year receiver Michael Gallup has come into his own this season, with 530 yards and 3 touchdowns to his name in his 7 games played. In the slot, Randall Cobb's role in Dallas' offense has grown in recent weeks, with back-to-back 8-target, 6-reception performances. Cobb's 6-catch, 106-yard, and 1-touchdown game on Sunday night matched his season-high in receptions, set a new season-high in yardage, and marked his first trip to the end zone since week one. His usage since the team's bye week is encouraging, as he provides an added dimension to this passing attack out of the slot. The team's offensive line is elite, and they are primed to dominate once again in week 11 against a weak Detroit Lions' pass-rush. The Detroit Lions' pass defense has faced a notably-high number of pass attempts this season, and they are one of the league's weakest units. Through 9 games, the Lions rank 25th in the NFL, allowing 6.9 adjusted yards per attempt this season, and their struggles start along the defensive line. Offseason acquisition Trey Flowers has held his own in the trenches, with five sacks so far this season, but he gets virtually no support elsewhere in one of the league's weakest overall pass-rushes. At linebacker, Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones both grade as bottom-tier players in coverage, which does not help mask the team's deficiencies in the secondary. The bright-spot in the Lions' defense, Tracy Walker, is questionable for week 11's game against Dallas due to a knee injury that has kept him out of action the past few weeks. If he misses out, expect rookie Will Harris to fill in at safety. Next, Darius Slay has built a strong reputation as a top-end cover-corner, but his production in 2019 has lagged far behind expectations. So far, this season, the Detroit Lions have allowed 19 passing touchdowns, including 3 last weekend to a sputtering Chicago Bears' passing attack, while forcing just 3 interceptions on the year. Expect Dak Prescott to enjoy passing from a clean pocket for the majority of the game this Sunday, allowing him to pick apart the Lions' secondary for another impressive passing performance here in 2019.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jason Witten's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Witten had his worst statistical game since Week 1, snaring just two receptions against the Vikings. One was a crossing route in the closing minutes of the game and Witten did not get on the board until the second half after having a third-down contested slant tipped away in the first half as he lone opportunity of note. Witten is working on a seven-game streak without a touchdown, spanning 29 receptions, entering Dallas matchup against the exploitable Detroit pass defense in Week 11.
2019 Week 9 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 58 / 0 rec)
Witten led Dallas in targets and receptions against the Giants as the consistent chain-mover of the passing game. Witten juked a linebacker on an in-cut with his most impressive route of the game, coming wide open on the play. Witten posted four receptions in the first quarter alone and had a 20+ yard gain on a play-action out route called back by penalty. Witten added a rare drop this week, which was a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards for the 37-year-old tight end.
2019 Week 7 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
For the sixth time in seven games Witten saw exactly four targets. Witten's opportunities were clustered in the second quarter, three of which were all quick out routes against soft coverage by the Eagles as the Cowboys angled for a last-second field goal. Witten took a slant reception into the red zone on a third-down conversion on his other non-hurry-up reception. Witten's scoreless streak has now spanned five games and 19 receptions.
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Witten saw a season-high seven targets against the Jets as Dallas was in comeback mode and Amari Cooper's early-game injury left a vacancy in the passing game with Randall Cobb already out. Witten stuffed the beyond-the-box-score notes in addition to his five catches with a goal-line touchdown called back by penalty, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty, and logged a rare drop. Witten was targeted on a game-tying two-point attempt in the closing seconds, drawing contact, but there was no interference call as Dallas lost the close road game. Witten added two chunk gains, including a must-have play in the fourth quarter on third-and-long in a contested situation.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
For a uncanny fifth game in a row Witten saw exactly four targets. Witten has been a steady target thus far and Week 5 was no exception. However, the veteran did not see a look in the passing game until the fourth quarter and two came in the final minutes of Dallas' home loss to Green Bay. Witten presents the biggest test at tight end for a Jets secondary in Week 6 who has faced one of the weakest slates at the position to-date.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Witten posted another solid performance on an eerily consistent four targets for the fourth straight game this season. Witten logged two quality catches - one on a deep out as Dak Prescott was being hit and another low grab - but also lost a fumble following a chunk gain against the Saints. Witten has been a moderate surprise producer over the opening month for Dallas especially with his regular big plays, an element which evaporated from his game prior to his year away from football in 2018.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
For the third straight game Witten made a big play for the Dallas passing game. As Dak Prescott extended a play on a rollout, Witten uncovered down the sideline and converted third-and-long by corralling the floating pass for more than half of his game yardage total. Witten also added a stiff arm on a quick out reception. Even without high volume (four targets in each game this season) Witten has been a significant factor in Dallas' passing game.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)
Witten made a big play yet again for the Cowboys for the second consecutive week. Witten secured a small window target on a goal-line rollout for the short-range touchdown, but also caught his lone target of the season downfield on a deep in-cut this week. Witten's range of route-running has shrunk considerably over the years, but Witten is one of the dedicated chain-movers and 'staying ahead of the chains' targets within the Cowboys suddenly-dynamic passing game.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
Witten made his return to the NFL after 2018 in broadcasting to his traditional role as the chain-moving and short-range option in the Dallas offense. He found the end zone off a play-action design at the goal line but was limited to short routes throughout the game. Secondary tight end Blake Jarwin showed well as more of a seam-stretcher and Witten's snap count was closer to a tight end-by-committee rotation for the Cowboys than Witten as the dominant starter.
Latest NewsCowboys | Jason Witten does little on SNF (Mon Nov 11, 02:28 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten caught two passes for 17 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 10. link to story Cowboys | Jason Witten targeted frequently (Mon Nov 4, 11:49 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten posted eight receptions for 58 yards on nine targets in Week 9 against the New York Giants on Monday, Nov. 4. link to story
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