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TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs PHI 78 6 43 0 0 4.3
10 at TB 54 5 42 0 0 4.2
11 at MIA 71 2 27 0 0 2.7
12 vs CAR 58 4 36 0 0 3.6
13 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

It was another non-descript performance for Jason Witten against Carolina on Thanksgiving. The Dallas offense was stifled and Witten struggled to find room over the middle. Witten's most notable reception came off play-action as Tony Romo rolled out of the pocket. Witten's touchdown drought continues as the tight end as not found the end zone since Week 1, spanning 47 receptions. With Matt Cassel under center, Witten's outlook for the rest of the season relies on high-volume or a rogue red zone target. Witten is averaging a career-low 9.2 yards-per-reception this year.

2015 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

As Tony Romo spread the ball around to all non-Dez Bryant targets against Miami, Witten saw just three passes on the day. Both of Witten's receptions had a high degree of difficulty. On a pass-action crossing route Witten hauled in a pass against tight coverage. Later on third down, Witten dug out a low throw in the red zone to continue a Dallas' scoring drive.

2015 Week 10 vs TB (5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

After a false start penalty early against Tampa Bay, Witten converted two third downs with quality receptions. The first was a contested reception against man coverage. Witten found room after the catch on the second conversion for more than 20 yards, a rarity for the veteran. Witten is now working on eight straight games, spanning 41 receptions, without a touchdown.

2015 Week 9 vs PHI (8 / 6 / 43 / 0 rec)

Witten had the second-most targets in Dallas' passing game against the Eagles, but was held in check. Witten had no after-the-catch opportunities for yardage and was held out of the end zone on his targets. He did not see a target until midway through the second quarter with his highlight reception coming on a contested out route to convert a third down in the second half. Cole Beasley was the possession receiver of preference this week and with Dez Bryant back to his dominant No.1 role in the passing game, Witten's involvement and weekly upside takes a hit.

2015 Week 8 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Witten had a non-descript game against Seattle with two short receptions, one of which was well short of the marker on third down in field goal range. Witten has not scored since Week 1 and now with the return of Dez Bryant has more competition for targets than in recent weeks.

2015 Week 7 vs NYG (8 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)

Witten did much of his damage early in the game against the Giants. His lone opportunity for a touchdown came on a red zone slant route where Matt Cassel missed him over the middle. Witten limped through much of the game as he had his ankle rolled up on this week.

2015 Week 5 vs NE (6 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

While Witten caught a high percentage of his targets against New England, he did nearly nothing with them. His first opportunity in the pass game did not come until midway through the third quarter. Later, Witten fumbled following a short reception, which all but ended Dallas' minimal hopes of a comeback effort with 11 minutes to play. Outside of seeing a point blank goal line target or two, Witten is locked into a low-upside role without Tony Romo back under center.

2015 Week 4 vs NO (6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

After being very active in the first quarter with three receptions and a third down conversion, Witten was silent until the closing minutes of regulation against New Orleans. Witten fueled a game-tying drive with a huge gain down the seam, a rare moment of significant yards-after-the-catch for the possession option.

2015 Week 3 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)

Witten was a solid performer, despite his laundry list of nagging injuries throughout the week, against Atlanta. Witten's movement was not compromised as the safety valve for Brandon Weeden. As Dallas struggled in the second half for any offensive traction, Witten converted a third down out route, shifting some momentum. It was ultimately short-lived, however, as Dallas needed more than Witten's short-game prowess in catch-up mode. With Brandon Weeden's struggles to work down the field this week, look for Witten to be a favorite target with his short-to-intermediate routes in future games.

2015 Week 2 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)

Witten was one of Dallas' highlight performers against the Eagles in the road victory. A second quarter third down conversion got Dallas' lackluster offense for a few drives out of a funk. Witten forced a defensive holding penalty on third down to extend another drive into Philadelphia territory, later powering through a defender for a first down post-reception. Witten's best scoring opportunity came on a third down goal line target, tipped away by an Eagles defender.

2015 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 60 / 2 rec)

Witten was in his traditional chain-moving role as Dallas controlled the clock early against the Giants. Without Dez Bryant in the lineup for the final drive, Witten boxed out linebacker coverage at the goal line in the closing moments for Dallas' game-winning touchdown. Witten is the top projected Cowboys target with Bryant projected to miss at least a month.


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