TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
|6-5, 257||Born: 5-6-1982||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 69 (2003)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs NYG (14 / 9 / 66 / 0 rec)
Witten led the Cowboys with 14 targets (a hearty 31% market share) and 66 yards. Like with Tony Romo, Witten - along with Cole Beasley - was a short-range security blanket for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. While Witten converted a key third down and moved the chains throughout the game, he made two critical errors against Giants. The first was a holding penalty on a field goal attempt. Fortunately Dallas converted the second long-range attempt post-penalty. Witten also logged a drop in the final minute of the game as Dallas drove for a potential game-winning field goal.
2016 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Witten's involvement lagged behind Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley against Washington, a mere four targets. Much of Witten's production came on a broken coverage, play-action rollout by Dak Prescott where Witten rumbled for nearly 30 yards. Later in the game Witten benefitted from play-action again for more than 10 yards. Witten remains a viable weekly option as Dallas' wide receivers beyond Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley have been invisible through two weeks.
2016 Week 3 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
It was a muted week of work for Witten as Dallas took the air out of the ball in the comfortable home win against Chicago. Dallas threw the air just 24 times and Witten was fifth on the passing game pecking order with two targets. His notable reception came on a deep out route where Witten nearly scored. Witten went out of bounds just short of the end zone on the play. Cole Beasley has been a more consistent chain-moving option for the Dallas passing game and this week saw Terrance Williams have more involvement than previous games this season.
2016 Week 4 vs SF (9 / 7 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten had a team-high nine targets, however, his range of the field continues to shrink. He rarely ventures more than 10 yards downfield anymore, making his sturdy hands paramount to his viability. Witten was invisible until the late second quarter and collected four receptions on a single two-minute drive to close the first half. Witten broke a tackle on a noteworthy reception turning a short gain into five additional yards.
2016 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Witten led the team in targets for the second straight game. While slowing down in his mid-30s, Witten still has a strong stiff arm, which is showed out this week on a 32-yard catch-and-run effort. On third down, Witten turned up the field after his typical short-range route and outmuscled a defender for the long gain. On the down side, Witten logged an ugly third down drop this week a rare drive-killer in Dallas' comfortable home win against Cincinnati.
2016 Week 6 vs GB (8 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
For the third straight game Witten led the Cowboys in targets. Like Cole Beasley, Witten provides a stable short-range target for Dak Prescott on critical passing downs. Witten's best gain came on a play-action crossing route as he was wide open down the field. Witten converted a vital third down in the closing minutes, a classic Witten out route, to all but ice the game as Dallas was up by multiple scores and bleeding the clock. Witten's top-shelf upside has left his weekly spectrum, but remains a sturdy bet for consistent work and a handful of targets.
2016 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 16 / 1 rec)
After averaging seven targets per game leading up to Week 8, Witten saw just three looks against the Eagles and none in the first half. His first reception came on a short catch on third-and-long as Dallas playing field position more than looking for the conversion. Witten, however, made the game-winning touchdown as Dak Prescott circles the pocket from pressure, finding the tight end wide open in the end zone for the overtime win. It was Witten's first touchdown of the season. With Dez Bryant back in the lineup, Witten's upside is tempered even more than his current season high of 66 yards in a game.
2016 Week 9 vs CLE (10 / 8 / 134 / 1 rec)
After Witten's lowest yardage total of the season (16) in Week 8, the elder tight end exploded for more than double his previous season-high for receiving yards (134) in Week 9 against the Browns. Cleveland's linebackers and safeties struggled throughout the game with defensive breakdowns, all to Witten's benefit. Typically a low after-the-catch player, Witten enjoyed a handful of open field opportunities on deep out and crossing routes. Play-action worked well for Dallas and Witten rolled up 100 yards be early in the third quarter. Witten's touchdown exemplified his rare day as a deep out route evolved into a touchdown as Witten turned upfield with no defender in sight all the way to the end zone.
2016 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Witten had a slow start against Pittsburgh, not seeing a target in the first half. However, he was a central figure in the fourth quarter as Dallas ultimately won a close road game. His highlight play came on a clutch third-and-long out route to convert into field goal range in the closing minutes. While the open running lanes of Week 9's performance were not available to Witten this week, he remains a steady chain mover in key moments for Dallas. Witten has now seen at least eight targets in more than half of the Cowboys games this season. Up in Week 11 are the Ravens and a stingy pass defense against tight ends on the season.
2016 Week 11 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Witten's impact was marginal this week against Baltimore. He dropped his first target, not coming until the second quarter as Dallas struggled out of the gate on offense. The biggest reception for Witten was a third down conversion in the red zone against soft coverage. Without defensive breakdowns or a rogue broken tackle, Witten's big play ratio is low this season as he continues to slow down in his twilight years.
2016 Week 12 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Witten and Cole Beasley oscillate between the being the preferred chain-moving target for the Dallas pass game by the week. Against Washington, Cole Beasley had the nod with Witten seeing just three targets, his lowest total in a month. Witten's notable catch came where he bobbled a wide open crossing route, ultimately hauling in the pass and rumbling for more than 20 yards. Two short routes with minimal separation encapsulated the rest of Witten's performance.
2016 Week 13 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the first time since 2008, Witten did not log a reception in a game for the Cowboys. He did not see a target until the fourth quarter, where he converted a third-and-long hitch route, only to be called back by penalty. Beyond the offensive box score, Witten did recover the Vikings' onside kick attempt in the closing seconds to ice the win for Dallas.
2016 Week 14 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
After being held without a catch in Week 13, Witten was back on the map with seven targets. Witten struggled to separate, a common theme most weeks this season, outside of an early reception of note. Witten eluded the first defender on a quick play-action out route before turning up field for more than 10 yards. His other three receptions were short-range hitch routes, boxing out defenders and being tackled immediately. Tampa Bay offers a neutral tight end matchup for Witten next week.
2016 Week 15 vs TB (10 / 10 / 51 / 0 rec)
After two quiet games, totaling four receptions total, Witten led Dallas in catches against Tampa Bay. His routes were limited to within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and yards after the catch held to a minimum by the good tackling of Tampa Bay's linebackers and safeties over the middle. In the mid-fourth quarter, Witten took a hard hit after a short reception, coughing up a fumble in Dallas territory. The turnover could have proved costly but Dallas still pulled out the close home win.
2016 Week 16 vs DET (4 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Targets were at a premium in Dallas' pass game in the comfortable win over Detroit. Witten was wide open on both of his catches. The first came early in the game off a play-action look and Witten escaping out the backside for most of his yardage for the game (23). Witten caught Dez Bryant's first NFL touchdown pass as the tight end was wide open in the end zone after the end-around action in the backfield. Witten had an opportunity for a second touchdown, coming open down the seam in the red zone, but he did not get his head around in time to locate the Dak Prescott pass.
2016 Week 17 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Witten, like Dez Bryant, saw minimal targets in Dallas' meaningless season finale against Philadelphia. Witten blocked plenty and saw just a single target. Witten made the contested play on a quick out route early in the contest. Witten, like the other top offensive players for the Cowboys, emerged without injury and now looks ahead to their playoff tilt following a well-deserved bye week.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 13 vs WAS (9 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Witten saw a season-high nine targets - more than 30% of Dallas team total - and failed to sniff the end zone for the eleventh straight game. Witten's receptions were all or none in result as he broke a tackle for a first down late in the game and found running room on another reception in the fourth quarter. However, the rest of his catches were short-range gains for little yardage. Witten was also called for offensive pass interference, pushing off on a pass route.
2015 Week 14 vs GB (9 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Witten was the lackluster leading receiver for Dallas with a mere 40 yards against Green Bay. His two highlight plays came on a red zone catch, where he was tackled at the one-yard-line, and a third down hitch route, continuing Dallas' drive. While the volume has been steady this season (at least six targets in 10-of-13 games), the end zone continues to elude the accomplished tight end. Witten has not hit pay dirt since Week 1, spanning 57 receptions. This season is shaping up like a poor man's version of Witten high-volume, low-touchdown and yards-per-catch campaign in 2009 and 2012. The Jets in Week 15 have been a stingy tight end matchup all season with Rob Gronkowski the lone high-level performance against them.
2015 Week 15 vs NYJ (5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Witten was the steady chain-mover against the Jets, securing all five of his targets. His after-catch opportunities were kept to a minimum due to tight coverage and quality New York tackling. While his target floor is high - at least five targets in six-of-seven games - he has not sniffed the end zone since Week 1 and Dallas' red zone opportunities are few and far between with Matt Cassel or Kellen Moore under center.
2015 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
James Hanna uncharacteristically saw four tight end targets against Buffalo, while Jason Witten was invisible on the day. His lone reception marked the third time this season Witten caught fewer than four passes in a game. Witten's catch was a meaningless one as well, coming on a third-and-21 screen pass to shift field position more than attack the first down marker.
2015 Week 17 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 58 / 1 rec)
Witten ended his touchdown drought to close the season against Washington. Not finding the end zone since Week 1, Witten converted a goal line out route where upon review he got across the pylon. Witten held on down the seam through a big hit on another reception before two catches late in garbage time. Witten's 9.3 yards-per-reception on the season marks a career-low as he rarely ventures downfield or breaks tackles.
2014 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
It was a lost game for Witten this week against San Francisco. The typical chemistry between Witten and Tony Romo to move the chain was not present. Witten fumbled his first reception, which was overturned upon review, and saw only one other target prior to halftime. Romo threw a red zone pass up for grabs in Witten's direction, resulting in a crippling interception. The second half was not any better for Witten as he contributed a false start penalty and was tightly covered throughout.
2014 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
After an invisible Week 1, Witten showed well despite the tempered stat line this week against Tennessee. Witten eludes the first defender after the catch on an out route to convert a third down. On another, Witten secured a Tony Romo pass through contact to get into field goal range in the closing seconds of the first half. Through two games it is clear that the passing offense will run through Dez Bryant when healthy and Jason Witten will be in the mix with DeMarco Murray, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley for secondary targets.
2014 Week 3 vs STL (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Witten gained more separation on his short and intermediate routes than the opening two weeks of the season. He was the secondary passing option to Dez Bryant against the Rams. In addition to his regular out routes and finding open areas of zone coverage, Witten also contributed an illegal blocking penalty in the second half. With the reduced volume of the Cowboys passing game becoming a strong trend through three weeks, pass catchers outside of Dez Bryant are inconsistent contributors from game-to-game, Jason Witten included.
2014 Week 4 vs NO (5 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Witten has played every snap this season and was on top of his game this week against New Orleans. In addition to catching all five of his targets on short and intermediate routes, Witten was an asset as a run-blocker. DeMarco Murray had multiple sizeable gains due to Witten controlling the edge of the line of scrimmage. Witten's biggest play in the passing game came in the mid-fourth quarter on a third down conversion, Dallas' first in a few possessions, which halted the Saints' building momentum.
2014 Week 5 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Witten logged one of his better games of the season and made a long reception down the seam that has been a rare sight over the last two seasons. In addition to that gain of more than 30 yards, Witten was Tony Romo's safety net, in addition to Cole Beasley, on short pass routes. Romo spun away from pressure on one notable play to sidearm a pass to Witten, turning a loss into a four-yard gain.
2014 Week 6 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
Witten was used down the field more often than in previous weeks against Seattle. The Seahawks are a good matchup for opposing tight ends on a per-target basis and Witten burned them for a long gain down the middle, in addition to a goal line touchdown. On another target, a deep pass sailed right through Witten's hands. Also, Witten nearly hauled in a one-handed catch down the sidelines. There was a much bigger day available to Witten on his five targets, but the veteran tight end still found the end zone in the key road victory.
2014 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten made the most of his two targets against the Giants, converting both in long-yardage third down situations. One of the receptions came against zone coverage, which was easily read by Witten, sitting down between defenders.
2014 Week 8 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 70 / 1 rec)
Witten had an impressive game beyond his efficient passing game work. The Dallas run game was dominant against Washington's previously stout front seven against opposing running backs. Witten turned out edge-setting defensive ends and linebackers regularly as DeMarco Murray gashed Washington, especially in the first half. In the passing game, Witten easily found holes in zone coverage and found yards-after-the-catch on a wide open out route that he turned into a diving touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Witten's lone missed opportunity came on a red zone seam route. As Witten was hauling in the one-handed attempt, a hit dislodged the ball.
2014 Week 9 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
It was an empty box score for Witten against the Cardinals. Garbage time accounted for 30 of his yards (two receptions) and his best opportunity, a third down out route in the red zone, was a poorly thrown pass by Brandon Weeden that resulted in an interception. No Dallas receiver did much in the passing game until the final drives of the game when the Cowboys were down by multiple touchdowns.
2014 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)
Witten was the preferred secondary option to Dez Bryant against Jacksonville. Witten found a soft spot against zone coverage in the end zone to convert third-and-goal in the first quarter. The opportunity for a second touchdown earlier in the game was missed by Tony Romo overthrowing a wide open Witten down the seam. Witten also dropped an open sideline route, a loss of at least 20 yards to his stat line. Despite his second-highest reception total of the season, five, plus a touchdown, it was a game of missed opportunities in a prime matchup and blowout Dallas victory.
2014 Week 12 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Witten was second on the team in targets against the Giants. He worked his way back to Tony Romo on multiple occasions, including a reception on the game-winning drive. Witten ran a seam route, but ended up 10 or more yards closer to the line of scrimmage by the time Romo found him over the middle. Witten also scored on a goal line shovel pass, a rarity in his career, earlier in the game. With Terrance Williams fading in recent weeks, Witten has seen at least six targets in each of his last four games. With the Eagles twice, Bears, and Colts on the schedule over the next month, look for Witten to remain active on a weekly basis.
2014 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Despite Dallas trailing the entire game, Witten was non-existent against the Eagles. Tony Romo missed Witten on a wide open third-down opportunity in the first half. Witten finally found the stat sheet with a short dump-off reception later on. Witten has just 71 yards in his last three games despite 15 targets over that span. The Bears offer a good matchup to bounce back next week.
2014 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Witten was minimally-involved in the road win against Chicago, but his two receptions were in clutch moments. Both converted third-and-long situations and into field goal range. Tony Romo targeted Witten on an earlier third down as well, but a rare inaccurate throw from Romo squandered a wide open Witten. With a projected 50-60 catches this season, Witten is in line for his lowest total since 2003, and has more value on key third downs to the Dallas offense than fantasy owners.
2014 Week 15 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)
Witten, like Cole Beasley, was a regular passing game cog in the first half in the road win over Philadelphia. Witten converted three straight third downs in the first quarter as Dallas built an early lead. Witten's seven receptions mark a game-high in 2014 as well as his nine targets. While quiet in the second half, Witten showed off a strong stiff-arm to turn a short reception into a first down.
2014 Week 16 vs IND (7 / 7 / 90 / 1 rec)
Witten had his way with the linebackers and safeties of the Colts in Dallas' blowout win. It was vintage Tony Romo and Jason Witten playing pitch-and-catch with the entire route tree. Witten won twice on seam routes, both with perfect throws from Romo, one resulting in a second half touchdown. Witten had three receptions and 39 yards by the early second quarter and nearly scored on another reception as he was tackled at the one-yard-line. Tony Romo and every Dallas pass-catcher had a highlight play or two this week and Witten was no exception.
2014 Week 17 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Witten had three receptions in the first seven minutes of the game against Washington as he got open on his typical underneath routes. Outside of early in the game, Witten was invisible in the Dallas passing with his only notable play coming on a holding penalty, bringing back an 80-yard Joseph Randle touchdown run late in the first half.
2014 Week 18 vs DET (7 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Witten had at least four receptions for the fourth straight game, including a game-changing play on Dallas' game-winning drive against Detroit. Witten dominated between the numbers reading zone coverage and winning on option routes. Witten corralled a third down target that was tipped at the line of scrimmage in the first half and converted another third down in the 30 minutes of the game. In the second half Witten saw a rare goal line shovel pass, which was sniffed out by the alert and agile Detroit front seven. Witten also logged a holding penalty on a DeMarco Murray red zone touchdown jaunt. On Dallas' final drive of the game, Witten had his highlight moment. Facing fourth down, Witten came wide open on an option route, squared up to Tony Romo, and gained 21 yards into field goal range, keeping Dallas' season alive. Like all successful older players, Witten has gained in savvy route-running and awareness what he has lost in athleticism over the years. In critical situations, the Tony Romo-to-Jason Witten connection has proven once again tough to stop.
2014 Week 19 vs GB (7 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Witten led the Cowboys in targets and receiving yards against Green Bay. After an early drop over the middle, Witten turned on his game. He converted a third-and-long situation, one of Tony Romo's better throws of the first half. Witten's hauled in a tipped pass from teammate Dez Bryant on a Tony Romo broken play in the second half. Romo and Witten were on the same page against a Green Bay blitz as Witten was wide open down the seam, producing another sizeable gain. Witten split the possession role on obvious passing downs with Cole Beasley this season, but logged one of his better games of the year in Dallas' narrow playoff loss in Green Bay.
2013 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 8 / 70 / 2 rec)
Witten, along with Miles Austin, was the possession target of choice of Tony Romo as Dallas had a controlled passing attack against the Giants. Witten was the red zone option over Dez Bryant or the running game, hauling in both of his targets for scores, including a tough catch in tight coverage. In addition to his surprising involvement near the end zone, Witten also had some rare yards after the catch; running through a defender at the first down marker on one occasion and coming wide open down the field for a 20-yard gain on another. This was Witten's first game with multiple touchdowns since late 2010 and he had just three total scores last season.
2013 Week 2 vs KC (8 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Despite eight targets, second to Dez Bryant, this week against the Chiefs, Witten could not get another going with Tony Romo in the passing game. Only one of his catches gained anything more than minimal yardage as separation from the Kansas City linebackers and safeties eluded Witten. Late in the game, Witten struggled the most as he was outmuscled with the ball in the air on three straight occasions. He looked to be just that half-tick late in reacting to the incoming pass, where the defenders were right there to knock it away. The secondary tight ends James Hanna and Gavin Escobar had more success in their limited opportunities.
2013 Week 3 vs STL (6 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
After a down game against the Chiefs last week, Witten was back his old self against St.Louis. Witten was the leading receiver on the day as Dallas was able to run the ball effectively and pass just 24 times. He gained separation with ease at the top of routes as the Rams linebackers looked overmatched at times. Witten did not have a legitimate opportunity for a touchdown as all but one of his targets came outside the red zone. Inside the 20-yard-line, Witten was targeted on a seam route, but drew blanket coverage.
2013 Week 4 vs SD (10 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Witten had a very quiet game until the final couple of drives in a comeback effort against the Chargers. Early in the game Witten struggled to gain separation and two targets were tipped away by defenders. In the hurry-up offense, Witten was active with multiple receptions, including drawing a defensive pass interference penalty for a big gain. An end zone target on an out route was tipped away in the final minutes on Witten's lone opportunity for a touchdown.
2013 Week 5 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 121 / 1 rec)
With plenty of production to go around in the Dallas passing game against Denver, Witten collected his fair share. He had 70 yards in the first quarter alone and routinely gained separation on option routes over the middle against linebackers. When Tony Romo moved out of a muddy pocket, it was commonly Witten that was open to convert third downs. With Miles Austin out of the lineup, Witten was split out as the slot receiver on occasion. In addition to a red zone touchdown late in the game, Witten had an end zone target against double-coverage, but could not corral the low throw for a second score.
2013 Week 6 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
After a huge game against Denver last week, Witten took a back seat against Washington. Romo spread the ball around and there was only 30 passes to go around as Dallas controlled the game in the second half. Witten's most notable play came on a dump-off where he eluded two defenders and converted a third down on Dallas' opening drive of the game. There will be better games ahead for Witten when the game script requires more passing or Dallas is trailing late.
2013 Week 7 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
This week against Philadelphia did not require many points from the Dallas offense, which suppressed Witten's potentially dominant day. Witten had great chemistry with Tony Romo, as usual, on his few targets. Witten gained yards with ease after the catch as the Eagles were more concerns with the outside receivers than Witten over the middle. Romo's best throw of the day came on a pass to Witten. With tight coverage, there was a small opening between defenders on a deep out route. The pass was perfect and Witten hauled in the reception just before going out-of-bounds.
2013 Week 8 vs DET (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a non-descript game for Witten against the Lions. The Cowboys passing game centered on Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant as Tony Romo was less accurate than usual. Witten was the outlet target when Romo got in trouble with the pass rush. There were limited chances for yards after the catch and Witten did not see a target near the end zone this week.
2013 Week 9 vs MIN (10 / 8 / 102 / 1 rec)
After a few non-descript performances, Witten led the Cowboys in receiving yards as he had his way against Minnesota's linebackers. Most of his routes were hitches and out routes in the intermediate area, many of which he gained yards after the catch. Witten also found an opening down the seam for a touchdown early in the third quarter to cap off a strong drive. Late in the game Witten was called for pushing off prior to a catch, his biggest demerit this week. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams had rather quiet performances this week, which aided Witten's production against Minnesota.
2013 Week 10 vs NO (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten had opportunities to have a successful game against New Orleans, despite the struggles by Tony Romo and the offensive line in pass protection. Witten dropped an outlet pass on third-and-long with plenty of room in front of him. He also bobbled a potential big gain over the middle in the second half that was ruled a reception on the field. Upon review, the call was reversed. On a third down hitch route, a target towards Witten was nearly (and should have been) intercepted. Witten did not come back to the football, despite being a few yards past the first down marker. A four-to-five catch game was in the cards for Witten without these mistakes. This week marked Witten's third low output performance in the past five games as Dallas goes into their much-needed bye week to get back on track.
2013 Week 12 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 37 / 2 rec)
Uncharacteristically, Witten was the red zone option of choice, accounting for both of Dallas' offensive touchdowns. Romo found Witten wide open between defenders on a play-action fake. Witten absorbed a hit as he rambled into the end zone as Dallas raced to an early 14-3 lead. On a scramble drive in the red zone, Romo eluded defenders to find Witten had settled in a soft spot on the zone in the end zone. The second touchdown for Witten gave Dallas their largest lead of the game at 21-6 early in the second half. While the volume of targets was not there for Witten, he saw the high-leverage ones near the end zone this week on the road against the Giants.
2013 Week 13 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Witten had his way against Oakland as he caught all three of his targets. It took time for Witten and Romo to find a connection as he was not targeted until late in the first half. On two occasions Witten gained yards after the catch, not a common occurrence. Once, Witten got free down the seam as Tony Romo hit him in stride over a linebacker. On another target, Witten took a short outlet down the field, eluding two defenders and converting the third down in the process. In a handful of games this season Cole Beasley has looked every bit the possession target of Witten, which has negatively affected his usual high level of targets from seasons past.
2013 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Witten saw three targets for the second straight week, converting only one. Fortunately that reception was a red zone flat route that Witten ran in for a touchdown. Dallas' run game was the focal point of the offense in the first when things were working well. Witten saw just a single target over the final two and a half quarters, where he dropped an easy hitch route.
2013 Week 15 vs GB (8 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec)
Witten was an active part of the Cowboys passing game against the Packers. He made contested catches down the seam, a part of his game that is not included in the game plan on a weekly basis. He converted one of those seam targets into a touchdown in the first quarter and nearly hauled in a contested pass of the same for a potential second score. Romo's best throws of the day were in Witten's direction down the seam. In addition to his four receptions, Witten also drew a defensive holding penalty as he was coming out of his break, converting a third down in field goal range.
2013 Week 16 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Witten saw just two targets against Washington, tying his season-low mark. He caught both as they came in the first quarter, one converting a third down. Witten did not create separation on a majority of his routes and DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant were the main offensive weapons this week.
2013 Week 17 vs PHI (16 / 12 / 135 / 0 rec)
Witten was the apple of Kyle Orton's eye against the Eagles with a season-high 16 targets. Twice during the game Witten noticeably limped off the field, but did not miss much, if any regular snaps. Witten got open on his classic out routes and hitches regularly and Orton was pinpoint accurate on many of the pair's seam route connections. In the final two minutes of the first half, Witten bobbled a target that was slightly behind him on an out route that turned into a back-breaking interception as Dallas looked to take a half time lead. Witten added two catches of 15 or more yards in the second half, including a perfect throw-and-catch against tight coverage on a seam route for 35 yards. Witten finishes 2013 with the second-most touchdowns of his career, eight, matching his scores in the past two season combined.
2012 Week 1 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was clearly not himself on Wednesday night and the Cowboys could have easily won the game without him. He was nothing more than a name and a player to cover, as he had reduced speed and did not go down the field very often. He was also used somewhat more in blocking and only managed two catches on the day for very short gains. Witten dropped another pass but it would have resulted in a minimal gain also. Witten will hopefully be recovered for the next game because he won't be a productive target for Romo until he is further healed.
2012 Week 2 vs SEA (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Witten had a day to forget on Sunday, despite surpassing the 700-catch mark for his career. Tied for the team lead in targets with 10, Witten had a case of the dropsies, with at least four legitimate drops. Witten's best catch went for 23 yards, but a bad angle combined with a missed tackle from safety Kam Chancellor was the only thing that made the catch and run possible. Witten just missed a huge play on the TD drive when Romo underthrew him on a broken play, but an argument can be made Witten contributed to the incompletion on the backend with a drop. Witten again missed a huge play, probably a TD, with a drop as he ran uncovered up the seam and Romo delivered a perfectly thrown ball but Witten just outright dropped it. Despite now being healthy, it is clear Witten and Romo are still working the kinks out after Witten missed the majority of the preseason.
2012 Week 3 vs TB (6 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Witten had two more drops against the Buccaneers. One of them was on a deep route up the seam that bounced around in Witten's hands for five yards before he finally fell down, losing the ball completely. Witten's drops so far this season have been alarming and even though Head Coach Jason Garrett seems reluctant to give James Hanna more snaps at tight end, Tony Romo is clearly beginning to grow frustrated with his usually-reliable tight end. Witten is still hard to cover coming off the line of scrimmage and is one of the better route runners at the position in the league, but his hands appear to have deserted him in recent weeks.
2012 Week 4 vs CHI (14 / 13 / 112 / 1 rec)
Witten came into the game, frustrated the fact that he had only eight receptions over the first three games. He also had four drops as well, motivating him to get back to that sure-handed safety blanket reputation that he had earned in previous seaons. The Cowboys got him involved early and often, and he was targeted 14 times, making 13 catches on the day. He opened the game with two short curls on the opening drive for six and seven yards respectively. He continued to work the middle of the field on crossing routes and come-backs, giving Romo a big target that he could count on whenever he needed Witten. However, most of the passes were for less than 10 yards, and with three minutes to play, Witten already had nine catches, but only 64 yards receiving. With Kyle Orton in at QB, the Cowboys marched down the field for a meaningless last minute TD pass, where Witten had four catches for 48 yards, including a five yard TD reception on a stick route with just over 30 seconds to play. It was a nice cap to the day from a fantasy prospective, but the game was out of reach when Witten did the most damage.
2012 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
After a mediocre start to the season tight end Jason Witten rebounded in a big way against the Ravens in week 6. Witten caught 6 of his 7 targets for 88 yards and provided Tony Romo an excellent option between the hashmarks all day long. Witten's speed off the line of scrimmage made him a tough matchup for the Baltimore linebackers and Romo recognized the mismatches early. His best reception came on a 35 yard reception in the first half. On the play, Romo bought time by moving to the right side of the pocket. With Witten leaving the line from the right side of the line and crossing to the left sideline, Romo threw a high arcing pass off his back foot, over Witten's back shoulder allowing his tight end to turn upfield for a large gain before being pushed out of bounds. Witten's concentration when the ball is coming his way appears much improved from the first three weeks of the season when he was regularly dropping passes.
2012 Week 7 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was used early in the game primarily as the Panthers' defense failed to shade coverage to him or even bump him off the line of scrimmage. As a result, Witten had some easy receptions against zone that Romo seized upon. Later in the game, the Panthers adjusted and forced the football elsewhere. Witten could have scored on a long touchdown that Romo didn't see him on, so his day could have been more productive. As a blocker and a receiver, Witten looks fantastic and should continue this form for the remainder of the season.
2012 Week 8 vs NYG (22 / 18 / 167 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a truly dominant performance against the Giants on Sunday. The Giants had no answer for the TE who burned them time and time again on basic patterns. They watched helplessly almost as Witten caught passes against LBers and safeties all game long. Witten was a big threat over the middle. Witten had a lot of option routes and was able to beat his man to the outside/inside a lot. Witten caught a lot of quick outs and curl patterns for first downs when the defense was playing soft. Witten was a big beneficiary of the dangerous WR combo of Austin/Bryant who were also having a lot of success against the Giants. The middle of the field was often vacant and open for exploitation by Witten who gladly complied. The Giants also gave Witten a lot of free releases at the line of scrimmage, not making life too difficult for the veteran TE. He had his way with the secondary of NYG for the entire game and the Giants can only blame themselves for giving up so many catches to Witten. The burst and speed Witten used to have is no longer there but the chemistry and knowledge of defenses is as strong as ever.
2012 Week 9 vs ATL (8 / 7 / 51 / 0 rec)
Witten established the Dallas Cowboys career receptions record with a 7 yard catch in the fourth quarter. He spent most of the day running quick slants and crosses between the hash marks as the Cowboys worked to keep the Atlanta safeties near the line of scrimmage and away from Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Despite his seven receptions (on eight targets) Witten was unable to gain any real yardage after the catch. Most of his routes found him catching the ball either while standing still or while moving laterally. That said, Witten appears to have finally gotten over the case of the "drops" he had in the season's first two weeks. He remains a vital outlet receiver for Tony Romo and this game appears to be an anomaly with regard to the targets he normally receives further down the field.
2012 Week 10 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten finished the day with eight short catches on ten targets against the Eagles. The Cowboys seemed intent on using Witten on slants, outs, and quick curls in the middle of the field to keep the Philadelphia linebackers from stunting too aggressively to the middle. Witten was most successful when lining up off the line of scrimmage away from the other linemen (as opposed to starting as an in-line blocker). Witten was targeted on three successive plays in the third quarter on quick passes by Tony Romo. On that series, he was lined up on both the left and right side as the Cowboys slowed their pace on their way to tying the game. Witten's best play came in the fourth quarter as the Eagles kicked an onside kick while down one touchdown. Witten fell on the ball essentially securing the Dallas victory.
2012 Week 11 vs CLE (8 / 7 / 51 / 0 rec)
This was a typical Witten game. He caught seven of his eight targets and was the safety net for Romo on short hitch and out routes. There were no high leverage targets near the goal line or with much chance for additional yards. This was Witten's seventh straight game with six or more receptions. He is a very high floor weekly option at tight end, especially in PPR formats.
2012 Week 12 vs WAS (15 / 9 / 74 / 0 rec)
Another Dallas game, another target feast for the all-time leader in catches as a Cowboy for the veteran tight end. Witten received a staggering fifteen targets from Tony Romo, catching nine balls for seventy-four yards through the air. Witten is as sure-handed as they come, but the Cowboys' desire to move the ball quickly down the field - given the point deficit and game clock scenario - forced Witten to run a series of quick outs , hitch routes, and curls and give Romo a safe, short passing game option. Witten's long catch of the day only went for fifteen yards. Given the sieve-like state of the Cowboys' offensive line and Dallas' lack of a run game without DeMarco Murray, it stands to reason that Witten will continue to be busy as Romo's safety valve in the weeks to come.
2012 Week 13 vs PHI (8 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec)
After some early season struggles with catching the ball, Witten has performed as well as any tight end or receiver in the league for the last two months. He has averaged over eight receptions a game since the Cowboys bye in week 5 and was stellar again against the Eagles in catching six passes for 108 yards. Witten's best catch came on a double move up the left side. On the play, Witten lined up tight to the line of scrimmage, easily beat the coverage at the line of scrimmage, and faked a cut outside before turning upfield and catching the ball for a 36 yard gain. He also had a spectacular catch deep in Eagles' territory to set up first and goal. On that play, Witten broke off the line of scrimmage down the right seam. Instead of heading straight for the end zone, however, he slanted his route to the left allowing him to split two defenders and make the easy catch before being tripped up just short of the goalline. Witten primarily ran curls and go routes down the seam against the Eagles, forcing the defense to choose between covering him with a linebacker or leaving Miles Austin single-covered downfield. The plan worked as Tony Romo had a field day targeting Witten between the hash marks.
2012 Week 14 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a fairly quiet day by his standards, though he did catch all 4 of his targets. Witten nearly scored on a seam route directly after the Andy Dalton interception, and later caught a dumpoff and turned it into a 25 yard gain. Witten also had a huge 3rd and 5 conversion for 9 yards on the last drive of the game. Besides that, it was a quiet day at the office for a man who hadn't had this few catches since Week 3.
2012 Week 15 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 43 / 1 rec)
Witten's first target was a reception...for a touchdown. Witten was wide open off of play action in the endzone for an easy score. His next target came on the following drive over the middle, but the result was very different as he dropped the ball against tight coverage. Witten caught a curl route against off coverage for an five yard gain. Witten worked back to the football for a seven yard gain that was negated by a penalty on the Cowboys' offensive line. The Cowboys replied by running exactly the same route for the same gain on the next play. Witten caught a curl underneat the Steelers' safety coverage for a nine yard gain and a first down. With the Cowboys driving to win the game, Witten caught another curl route underneath for six yards.
2012 Week 16 vs NO (8 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a very Witten-like day, with 6 receptions at a 10 yards per catch clip. Witten operated as a usual reliable outlet and safety valve for Tony Romo. Witten had a couple nice grabs on the day in traffic, and a long gainer of 19 yards. None of the catches were highlight reel or anything of the sort, but on the plus side, Witten had no real errors.
2012 Week 17 vs WAS (8 / 7 / 56 / 1 rec)
The future Hall of Famer paced the Cowboys with seven catches and tied Dez Bryant for the team lead in targets with eight. Witten gained fifty-six yards through the air, primarily running short and intermediate routes. He functioned as Tony Romo's safety valve in the face of pressure from a constantly blitzing Redskins defensive line. Witten caught a touchdown in the second quarter against Washington - only his third score of the season - after a controversial no-call by the officiating crew allowed the Cowboys to run a play after the play clock expired. With Romo buying time in the pocket, Witten evaded the Redskins defense for a stunning eight seconds before jumping over coverage to reel in the touchdown pass. The ten-year veteran from the University of Tennessee finished 2012 with career-best marks in receptions, becoming the fastest tight end to reach eight hundred career receptions.
2011 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec)
Without a doubt, the Jets were concerned that Jason Witten would kill them across the middle and he did that--and more. Witten repeatedly made big catches and kept drives alive as QB Tony Romo first tried to hold the lead, then regain it. Witten's size and speed makes him very tough to match up against and when he's not catching the ball, he's blocking and in one case, flat out destroying Jets rookie DT Muhammad Wilkerson. Unfortunately his biggest play was a negative one. As Romo was attempting to get the Cowboys in field position, Witten was called for offensive pass interference for throwing a pick. It wiped out a Miles Austin catch which would have placed the ball near the 50 yard line.
2011 Week 2 vs SF (14 / 7 / 102 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was utilized as well as ever against the 49ers in week 2. The Cowboys placed him all over the field and ran him on a wide variety of routes leading to a very productive day for one of the game's best tight ends. Witten continues to pose a matchup problem for other defenses on deep routes and this was again the case on Sunday. Witten was targeted twice on long throws and converted on both, one for a 20 yard gain and one for a 25 yard gain. Otherwise, he ran a number of slants and out routes, easily using crisp routes and his size to shield the ball from the defender. Witten still shows a great ability to chip a defender at the line and still get in to his route without an adverse effect on his timing. Both Tony Romo and Jon Kitna trust that he can catch the ball even in tight spaces and look to get him involved regardless of down and distance. Witten's best sequence came in the fourth quarter as he was targeted on three straight plays (making two catches). The sequence set up Miles Austin's final touchdown of the day and wouldn't have been possible without Witten's work to bring the safeties closer to the line of scrimmage. As a result, Tony Romo was able to throw the ball to Austin without a safety playing deep thus scoring the touchdown that brought the Cowboys within one score of a tie game.
2011 Week 3 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Witten seems a bit slower, but is still as reliable as ever. His 6 catches really helped to settle down Romo. As Romo was struggling to get the ball to his wr's early on, he began to focus on Witten, and find his rhythm despite his injury. Witten remains a steady TE, that really helps to keep Romo grounded.
2011 Week 4 vs DET (10 / 8 / 94 / 1 rec)
Witten had a solid game for the Cowboys this week, and even managed to reach the end zone for the first time all season. Witten got off to a slow start, and despite being the #1 TE for the team, he didn't get involved in the offense until the second quarter. Witten had two key receptions over the middle that helped set up the field goal that put Dallas up 17-3 and just before halftime, Witten had a nice 10 yard catch and run where he was able to get out of bounds and allow Dallas to get closer for their second FG of the first half. On their opening drive of the third quarter, with first and goal from the one, Witten broke to the back of the end zone and as Romo rolled out, he found Witten wide open. It was an easy dump to give Romo his 3rd TD pass and put the Cowboys up 27 to 3. On their final drive of the game, Witten turned a solid game into a GREAT game from a fantasy prospective with three garbage time receptions to get the Cowboys closer to mid-field. Unfortunately the drive stalled shortly after that and the Cowboys lost a tough game at home.
2011 Week 6 vs NE (4 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Witten spent more time blocking against the Patriots then he typically does. However, he did have a handful of key catches that showed why he remains one of the premier tight ends in the league. Witten's touchdown came on a goalline play where he lined up as a blocker on the right side of the line, pulled behind to the line to the left, then snuck outside as Tony Romo was moving to the right. Witten gathered in the light pass at the two yard line and then bulldozed is way through two Patriot defenders for the score. Witten also had a sensational reception with under twenty seconds to play as the Cowboys drove in hope of a late score. On the play, Witten lined up to the right side of the line and ran a deep cross down the seam. As Tony Romo fought to buy time in the pocket, Witten adjusted his route back to the middle of the field. Romo threw the ball hard to his tight end who was able to gather it in double-coverage for a 20 yard gain. Unfortunately the Cowboys were not able to score on a deep pass to end the game.
2011 Week 7 vs STL (6 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Witten quietly had 7 catches against St. Louis in week 7. He spent a fair amount of time staying in line as a run blocker, sealing off the Rams defensive ends on end runs by Demarco Murray. His catches came primarily on chip routes where he would bump a rushing defender and then run a quick slant or curl route. He did score a 1 yard touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead 14-0. On the play, he lined up close to the line of scrimmage to the left. Upon the snap, he ran straight ahead in to the endzone. The play-call worked perfectly as the Rams only had one linebacker covering two Cowboys on the left side. Witten was shockingly left uncovered and hauled in the soft pass without a defender in site.
2011 Week 8 vs PHI (12 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Dallas offense, Jason Witten looked out of sync against the Eagles until it was far too late to make a difference. Witten is typically most effective when he can mix in deep routes with short routes and blocking assignments. With the Cowboys unable to sustain many drives against Philadelphia Witten was unable to effect the outcome of the game as he usually does. Witten started the game as an in-line blocker in an effort to establish the running game. When that didn't work he began to run quick outs and slants in the short field in an effort to help sustain drives. While he was able to catch a few balls like this, he was not able to generate much yardage after the catch as the Eagles linebackers were doing an excellent job stopping gains between the hash marks.
2011 Week 9 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec)
Witten spent much of the first half being kept in line to block as the Cowboys worked to establish the run. Outside of his touchdown reception, Witten primarily popped out in to out patterns or ran quick slants between the hash marks. Witten's best catch came on a third quarter touchdown grab. On the play, Witten lined up in the slot to the right side. Seattle's deep safety rolled to the right essentially leaving Witten uncovered as soon as he got passed the linebacker matching him at the line of scrimmage. He easily caught Tony Romo's pass, made a slight cut to the left, and coasted untouched in to the end zone for a 33 yard score.
2011 Week 10 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
It was a relatively quiet day for Witten as he finished with just 37 yards on 5 catches. He provided a safety valve for Romo but got plenty of attention from the Bills defenders and was often tackled as soon as he caught the ball. With the Cowboys opening up a big lead in the game, he mostly contributed as a blocker.
2011 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 85 / 1 rec)
Witten seems to be the guy that settles Romo down when things get tough. After a first half in which Romo was having trouble getting the ball to his wideouts, he went to Witten in the third quarter and was able to get into a rhythm. At the end of the third quarter, he found Witten for a huge third down toss that enabled the Cowboys to go on and score a TD. Then in the fourth quarter, seeing Romo under pressure, Witten reversed direction, ran in the direction that Romo was running, hauled in the pass and then turned upfield and outran the defense for a huge 59 yard touchdown. He still doesn't seem to get as many targets as I would think he should, but he remains a big play target for Romo when things are on the line.
2011 Week 12 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten makes Tony Romo's job much, much easier. Just as Romo shows he is most valuable when pushed out of the pocket and forced to make a play, Witten is most valuable when the play breaks down and his quarterback needs someone to get open. Witten is primarily running go routes down the hashes and out routes in the direction of Romo rollouts. His best catch came on the Cowboys final drive. On the play, Romo was under pressure and found Witten on a crossing pattern from left to right. Witten picked the ball out of the air and showed great agility in turning upfield for a 23 yard gain and a much needed first down. Witten was utilized in the early going as an in-line blocker as Dallas tried to establish the running game with Demarco Murray. Not until later in the game, and primarily the fourth quarter, did Witten begin running routes on most every snap.
2011 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten made his presence known as he slanted over the middle and into the red zone, almost getting into the end zone himself. After a quiet start, Witten reminded us how reliable he can be, and just why Romo like to throw to him so much. He didn't gain many yards in this game, but was 5-for-6 on targeted throws.
2011 Week 14 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was limited to short receptions in this game and mainly ran short to intermediate routes like crossers and short hitch routes, disappointing his owners on a key playoff week. Witten's value will take a hit with the return of Austin and how well Romo is connecting with Robinson.
2011 Week 15 vs TB (5 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
Although he didn't get into the end zone, Witten finished the day as the Cowboys' leading receiver with four catches for 77 yards. His first catch came late in the first quarter, a crossing route where Romo hit him with a perfect pass and a 28 yard catch and run that turned out to be the longest passing play of the day for Dallas. He added another 22 yard reception just before half time, where Witten broke down the middle of the field and Romo found him wide open in a soft spot of the defense. Witten also opened the 4th quarter with a 16 yard catch and run, where he made the grab and forced the defender to miss as he powered down field for a bit gain.
2011 Week 16 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a very quiet game on Saturday vs. the Eagles. McGee did not look his way often and his passes left a lot to be desired. The drop in production from Romo to McGee was substantial and every Dallas skill player's fantasy day took a massive plunge as a result. Witten caught some short passes, most were simple check down patterns as the front 7 of PHI got to QB McGee regularly. Witten was met early after his short catches and showed very little Chemistry with McGee, who missed him on even basic patterns to the outside.
2011 Week 17 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten is tied to Romo's production and his performance and production took a slight hit as a result. Witten and the Cowboy's offense struggled in the first half to generate much offense and really only got going in the second half. Witten caught a lot of short passes turned these into medium gains for first downs against the Giants LB's. Romo was under pressure from the Giants front 7 and could not afford to hold the ball for long against the pass rush, which meant few big plays for Witten and the receivers. Witten made a particularly nice play on a checkdown pass, where he was able to run around LB Boley and pick up the first down which was probably the highlight of his performance on Sunday. Apart from these types of plays, Romo looked further downfield to his WR's for big plays when the Cowboys fell behind and had to press down the field to catch up to the Giants while somewhat ignoring Witten. He's had another solid season with the Cowboys, benefitting from the lack of running game but probably losing some touchdown and redzone opportunities due to the recent emergence of WR Robinson.
2010 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten was targeted on several check downs and a few passes in the red zone. Romo missed him on one pass to the end zone that could have been a touchdown.
2010 Week 2 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Witten finished the day with five receptions for 51 yards, most of which were gained on passes up the seam in to the Bears defense as Chicago keyed on Miles Austin and Roy Williams outside. Witten's best catch came on Unfortunately, Witten's final catch on a pass up the right hash mark resulted in a concussion that could sideline him for a week or two. The concussion came on Witten's best play of the day. Witten lined up on the side of the line of scrimmage and after a quick move at the line, he bolted past the Brian Urlacher and hauled in a 23 yard catch before taking a huge hit from Charles Tillman. Witten left the game at that point and despite his arguing with coaches and trainers on the sideline, he was not allowed to return. Witten's worst moment (outside of the concussion) came on a pass to the left hash mark about 10 yards downfield that resulted in an interception. On the play, Tony Romo threw the ball with high velocity and it bounced off of Witten's shoulder pads in to the arms of DJ Moore. The Cowboys utilized Witten as a pass-catcher almost exclusively, leaving him in to block only on running plays.
2010 Week 3 vs HOU (8 / 7 / 56 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten bounced back from last week's concussion by helping set an early physical tone in the run game against the Texans front seven. Witten was not asked to go downfield as quarterback Tony Romo was able to find success with roy williams running routes normally taken by witten. Regardless, witten was able to loosen up the texan linebackers by making a number of short catches in the middle of the field. All of his catches came on short, pop out routes. Most telling was the cowboys keeping witten in as a blocker on many passing third downs and throwing to Dez Bryant and Miles Austin to pick up key yardage.. Witten also suffered an MCL injury that may keep him out of practice during the bye week. Stay tuned to see if it affects his week 5 status.
2010 Week 5 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec)
Witten was his reliable self on Sunday in the Cowboys loss to the Tennessee Titans. He was targeted often by Tony Romo, primarily on routes down the seam of the field and on quick outs that resulted in 7 to 12 yard gains. Witten is lining up primarily in line and the Cowboys are throwing to him often off of play-action with the hope that the faked run will lull the linebacker in, allowing Witten to more easily get open. His best catch of the day came on an 18 yard touchdown pass where he broke up the middle of the field and easily hauled in the score, tying the game at 27.
2010 Week 6 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Witten had a quiet game for the Cowboys, and his biggest play came just before half-time when Romo called a quick screen to avoid the heavy blitz and Witten had a big 30 yard catch and run for a first down. Witten didn't have another target until the 4th quarter, when he took a nice inside-out route for a big 17 yard gain to start the 4th. He had one other minor catch late in the game, but it went for minimal gain. His reduction in targets was probably due to the pressure that the Minnesota front four were putting on Romo, and Witten stayed in to block on several running plays.
2010 Week 7 vs NYG (13 / 9 / 95 / 1 rec)
Witten scored the only offensive touchdown for the Cowboys in the first 3 quarters. He was wide open on a pass out to the flat and ran 5 yards into the end zone. He was the most productive receiver for the Cowboys throughout the game. Kitna heavily favored Witten and hit him with short passes that Witten took and ran up field for first downs. He had a fumble around midfield just before half that led to 3 points for the Giants.
2010 Week 8 vs JAX (12 / 10 / 97 / 1 rec)
Jason Witten managed to have a good game against the Jaguars, likely because of the sheer volume of passes Jon Kitna ended up throwing. He managed to score an 8 yard touchdown once the game was out of hand, but was an otherwise reliable option thru all four quarters. Witten spent much of the first quarter staying in to help block for the running game but once Jason Garrett decided to abandon the rush, Witten was targeted early and often on routes down the seam, to the outside, and across the middle. His best catch came on an out and up option where he got behind the defender and hauled in a 14 yard catch in traffic. Kitna appears to favor Witten as an outlet receiver across the middle over former teammate Roy Williams.
2010 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Witten's week 9 was similar in many respects to that of his teammates in that his game was just off all-around. Witten still looked the part of an elite TE and it was not through lack of effort that his production was quieted this week. He was targeted just 4 times and 30 of his yards came on a garbage time reception.
2010 Week 10 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Witten was kept in as an additional blocker for much of the game against the Giants and finished the day with a single catch. While at first glance it would appear that Witten missed out on a productive day for Cowboys pass catchers, in reality no receiver caught more then 3 balls and WR1 Miles Austin was only targeted three times. Witten was targeted on a third and short play that would have been negated by a holding call had he caught the pass. On his reception, Witten broke off the line on a quick out pattern and hauled in the 7 yard pass before being pushed out of bounds.
2010 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Witten continued being productive on Sunday against the Lions, catching a number of balls outside the hashmarks and down the seam that opened up the rest of the field for Jon Kitna. Witten's four receptions led the Cowboys. Quarterback Jon Kitna is spreading the ball around to all of his talented receivers, thus making it difficult for any one player to stand out. Regardless, Witten took advantage of the Lions keying in on Miles Austin and worked the middle of the field as well as he has in years. Quarterback Jon Kitna clearly trusts Witten to be where he is supposed to be, many times throwing the ball to a place and not to a person. Witten has yet to disappoint him and continues to be one of the more reliable tight ends in the league.
2010 Week 12 vs NO (10 / 10 / 99 / 0 rec)
With the Saints gaming against Dez Bryant, Jason Witten became the 'go to' guy for the Cowboys in this game. While Roy Wiliams and Miles Austin became the guys that Jon Kitna looked to downfield, Witten became the short reception leader, taking check-down passes in the flat and breaking them for short and medium gains. Witten's bread and butter play was to run 3 yards up field and cut to the outside. Kitna would put the ball onto his outside shoulder and Witten would turn up field and either take up the sideline, stepping out of bounds to stop the clock when needed. On the last drive of the game, Witten was targeted on three consecutive plays, converting two first downs in a row and getting nine yards on the final reception. He caught every pass that was thrown his way, seven of his ten receptions were for first downs.
2010 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
Like Martellus Bennett, Jason Witten capitalized on the Cowboys suddenly effective run game to find himself open a number of times all over the field. Witten led the Cowboys' receivers in catches as Jon Kitna gladly tossed him the ball on a variety of hitches and out patterns to pick up short yardage. Witten caught a two yard touchdown on one such play, faking a block at the line of scrimmage before releasing in to the endzone and crossing to the right for a touchdown. Witten is still the Cowboys' primary receiving threat at tight end and the presence of Bennett is actually making it easier for Witten to get open as the oppositions' linebackers have to pick which tight end to cover. Witten is as sure-handed as ever and finds most of his success on short out patterns.
2010 Week 14 vs PHI (7 / 7 / 69 / 2 rec)
Jason Witten had the most productive day of all the Cowboys skill position players. The Eagles seemed content to double-cover Miles Austin and Roy Williams, thus leaving the tight ends free to release of the line of scrimmage and catch balls over the middle or on quick outs. Witten was particularly good on quick slants to the outside when the pas rush was on. He caught two touchdown passes as well. The first came on a crossing pattern in the back of the end zone where Jon Kitna was able to buy time stepping up in the pocket and found his tight end sneaking behind the defense. The second touchdown came on a slant route where Witten broke off the line and split the defense with a perfectly run route. Kitna lofted the ball to Witten on the run and he scored easily. Witten continues to play as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. His play reminds of Todd Heap at his best, with Witten contributing as a blocker, "hot" read option, and downfield receiving threat.
2010 Week 15 vs WAS (12 / 10 / 140 / 1 rec)
Witten had his best game of the season on Sunday against the Redskins. He caught 10 balls for 140 yards and was seemingly open all over the field. While the Dallas running backs and Sam Hurd handled short routes and Miles Austin continuously went deep, Witten patrolled the middle of the field and caught balls on hooks, slants, and out routes. His crisp route running and speed made him a tough matchup for the Washington linebackers and Jon Kitna did not hesitate on sending the ball to Witten regardless of down and distance. His best catch came on an out pattern that saw Witten catch the ball at the 11 yard line, break a tackle, then race to the endzone before the Redskins could recover. In the second half, Washington tried to double cover Witten at the line of scrimmage with a safety cheating up but even this strategy had limited effect as Witten used his speed to race further downfield behind the line of scrimmage.
2010 Week 16 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 45 / 1 rec)
Witten had another productive game against the Cardinals on Saturday night, yet his performance looked different then normal. Witten was being utilized almost exclusively as an in-line blocker that released in to his route rather then as a route-running receiver. As a result, most of his catches came on pop-out routes and short curls. His best catch came on a two yard touchdown reception that drew the Cowboys within 24-10 before the half. On the play, Witten lined up on the left side of the line of scrimmage. On the snap, he quickly released to the left running parallel to the endzone a yard away. Jon Kitna's pass was low but Witten was able to reach down and catch it in stride before turning in to the endzone. Witten's other catches came on similar short routes with him standing still (off of a hook or curl) much of the time.
2010 Week 17 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Tight end Jason Witten was the leading receiver for the Cowboys in Philadelphia, catching four passes on nine targets including the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of the regular season. Witten was quiet until the fourth quarter, with seven of his targets and all of his production coming in the final 15 minutes of the contest. Witten caught short passes from backup QB Stephen McGee and made Dallas a winner with several late grabs, highlighted by a 33-yard gain with most of the yards coming after the catch and then a 4-yard short touchdown reception.
2009 Week 1 vs TB (7 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
It's just like Witten to have a very good statistical game even though he was quiet. He got some production after the catch on a target where he was left alone crossing near the line of scrimmage, and as usual, most of his targets came 10 yards or more downfield. If these are his numbers in a game when Romo throws only 13 passes, his owners should be salivating about his potential in a close game.
2009 Week 2 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)
Witten saved Tony Romo's evening from being a total disaster by catching a short pass for a score against the Giants in Week 2. Witten was thrown behind once and had the ball ricochet off his heel for a strange interception to the Giants, a sign of just how bad the night would be for the Dallas passing game. Witten led all Cowboys in targets, catches and yards - but at 5-33 that's a pitiful top end receiver for the game. Look for Romo and Witten to connect more often against Carolina next week.
2009 Week 3 vs CAR (9 / 9 / 77 / 0 rec)
Witten wasn't spectacular, but he helped move the sticks in the first half as Tony Romo's security blanket, with eight of his nine catches in the first half. He caught a handful of his passes split out wide and even made a few defenders miss after the catch. He's well on his way to leading all tight ends in receptions.
2009 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
The Broncos defense did a masterful job of taking Jason Witten out of this game. He didn't get his first target - or first catch - until the end of the second quarter. Witten was able to break free on the right sideline when the Cowboys were backed up on their own 8-yard line. He had a couple of more catches on the day, but mysteriously was not targeted in the end zone with the game on the line. Instead, Romo looked to Sam Hurd twice (with Champ Bailey on him) and the Cowboys were unable to get six with the game on the line.
2009 Week 5 vs KC (6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten operated as Romo's security blanket. He found soft spots in the zone to sit down in underneath, and ran hard after the catch. He didn't break any big gains or make any highlight catches, but still played an important role, moving the offense in seven to eleven yard increments and providing a sure-handed checkdown for Romo.
2009 Week 7 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Witten's role is clear. He's the outlet and hot read for Romo, and he'll run short to intermediate routes in the middle of the field to exploit dead spots in the zone coverage. He is not being looked to in the red zone or on playmaking seam routes. He's still going to be one of the best TEs for catches and yardage, but Miles Austin emergence has usurped Witten's chance to be one of the few TEs that is the #1 target in his passing offense.
2009 Week 8 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Witten was held in to block more often then normal against the Seahawks as the Seattle front seven tried to show a number of blitzes (largely ineffective) against the Cowboys. Nonetheless, Witten was still used on dump-off routes (3 of his 4 catches were less than 9 yards in length) and button-hooks between the hashmarks. The emergence of Miles Austin has helped the Cowboys pass protection as Witten isn't the only downfield threat in the passing game.
2009 Week 9 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 43 / 0 rec)
TE Jason Witten struggled to get open against an Eagles' defense that wanted to take both Witten and Miles Austin out of the game as much as possible. Witten still managed to get four catches before halftime, but his upside was limited to just 10 yards a catch. He later added three more big grabs for short yardage in the second half including a key pass to move the chains at the final two minute warning, sealing the victory.
2009 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
The Cowboys tried hard to get Witten involved early in the game, lining him up split out. They really went away from him though after the first series of the game and didn't get him involved again until late in the 4th quarter. Witten was able to snatch up 5 passes, but all of them were of short length. He continues to work underneath routes for the most part, and he is not getting as open as he used to either. His hands remain excellent though and it's just a matter of how often Tony Romo goes to his security blanket.
2009 Week 11 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
The Redskins blanketed Jason Witten well in Week 11, keeping one of Tony Romo's favorite targets from beating them for most of the game. Witten had three short grabs of just over three yards but for the most part he could not get open aside from short routes over the middle. Dallas hosts Oakland on Thanksgiving which should be a better matchup for Witten.
2009 Week 12 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 107 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten finally had a nice game, catching two passes for over 35 yards each - his two biggest receptions of the season. Witten strung five catches together to break the century mark in yardage although he could not get into the end zone as he does not have that top end speed to beat safeties for long scores. Witten gets to take on the Giants next week, a good matchup, and with his boost in performance he should become the second option for Tony Romo after Miles Austin throughout December.
2009 Week 13 vs NYG (16 / 14 / 156 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a career day against the Giants consistently getting open over the middle of the field. Witten did have a few longer catches, including a 32-yarder to open the second quarter on a pass that he tipped to himself for the long gain. Witten did not find the end zone despite all of the heavy workload, but he did help to keep the chains moving and help Dallas' passing attack all game long. Witten topped the century mark for the second week in a row and now faces another great matchup against San Diego next week.
2009 Week 14 vs SD (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Witten, one week removed from one of the best games of his career, was nearly absent in this one. He and Tony Romo weren't entirely on the same page early on, and it didn't get much better after. He did haul in a 26 yard reception near the sideline early in the fourth quarter to salvage what had been to that point a terrible day stat-wise.
2009 Week 15 vs NO (8 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was his usual self in Week 15, collecting short catch after short catch over the middle of the field. Witten sat down into pockets of open space against the linebacker coverage he often faced as Tony Romo looked his way several times either by design or due to defensive pressure. Only one of his five grabs was for over 10 yards, however, as Witten is having trouble picking up yardage after the catch.
2009 Week 16 vs WAS (7 / 6 / 117 / 0 rec)
Witten was rock solid in week 16, turning in 3rd 100 yard game in the past 5 games. While Witten served mostly as a safety valve for Tony Romo, he managed to get loose and smoke LaRon Landry in coverage for the longest catch of his career (69 yards). Witten has no doubt disappointed many fantasy owners by scoring just once this season; however he remains a PPR giant as he closes in on 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
2009 Week 17 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)
Jason Witten was consistently open over the middle once again in Week 17, exploiting the linebacker weaknesses of the Philadelphia Eagles. Witten was able to extend one of his catches to just over the goal line for his second touchdown for the year, a very low number considering his 94 catches and 1,000+ yards for 2009 and Tony Romo's strong season. Expect plenty of targets yet again next week against the Eagles in the Wild Card rematch on Saturday.
2009 Week 18 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten had a nice catch and run down to the 1 to set up the Cowboys second TD, and also did a nice job blocking in the running game, but was mainly a supporting cast player in this big win.
2009 Week 19 vs MIN (13 / 10 / 98 / 0 rec)
Witten was his reliable self against the Vikings, but his efforts alone couldn't propel the Dallas offense. Witten finished the day with 10 catches, most of which were on crossing patterns and out routes. With one exception - an early 22 yard gain on a crossing pattern from right to left - Witten was wrapped up almost immediately after catching the ball, thus limiting his ability to gain yards after the catch.
2008 Week 1 vs CLE (9 / 6 / 96 / 0 rec)
When Dallas lined up in three and four receiver sets Jason Witten would line up as a receiver to take advantage of his pass catching abilities. Witten has good hands and may be the most reliable Cowboy receiver. Three of his receptions resulted in first downs that kept scoring drives alive.
2008 Week 2 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 110 / 0 rec)
Witten was pretty quiet most of the first half but caught a big 42 yard pass over the middle of the field toward the end of the first half. He finished the half with three receptions for 59 yards. He was QB Tony Romo's favorite target in the second half. Witten had a big 32 yard catch over the middle late in the game that almost resulted in a touchdown, but he was tackled around the five yard line. Romo seemed to look for Witten more often as the Eagles' defense keyed in WR Terrell Owens. He finished as Dallas' leading receiver with seven catches and 110 yards.
2008 Week 3 vs GB (9 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
TE Jason Witten continues to be QB Tony Romo's most reliable target.
2008 Week 4 vs WAS (10 / 7 / 90 / 1 rec)
Another solid game for Witten as he was often used in various formations to create mismatches for the pro bowl tight end. He was lined up in the slot and in the backfield quite frequently. Early in the game he scored on an easy pitch and catch with Tony Romo when he easily blew past Marcus Washington. Witten showed his trademark toughness after the catch and great hands on his seven grabs for 90 yards. In the third quarter, Witten was briefly shaken up after taking a hit. He later returned to the game and appeared to be fine.
2008 Week 5 vs CIN (11 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Romo looked for Witten often, and the two connected for a four yard TD in the second quarter. Witten is the safest play in this pass offense, as he is targeted heavily no matter the opponent.
2008 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten saw most of his action in the second half after the offense began to have success moving the ball. His good hands gave Romo a reliable target over the middle of the field that would either give them a first down or get them within reasonable distance of a first down. He was at his best during the second half as all three of his receptions were on the three scoring drives. The first reception was on a key third and five play that gave the Cowboys a first down and led to a scoring pass three plays later. His last reception was his most important as it put the Cowboys in position for the game tying field goal.
2008 Week 7 vs STL (11 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)
Witten was targeted the most of any Cowboy on the day. He often was the target when the Rams brought the blitz and the Rams knew it. He was often tackled immediately after catching the ball. Very rarely did we see Witten further than 10-15 yards from the line of scrimmage. It was a quiet day for Witten with an extremely modest 44 yards.
2008 Week 8 vs TB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Witten played little as he left the game during the second quarter with a rib injury. He returned for a handful of plays in the third quarter before leaving the game for good.
2008 Week 9 vs NYG (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Witten started the game despite having a broken rib, but was clearly limited as he was unable to catch any of the passes that were thrown in his direction.
2008 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
His first catch of the game came at the two minute warning for 28 yards. He dropped what would have been a big gain in the fourth quarter. His ribs are likely still a factor in his stat line although he did block quite well for Marion Barber.
2008 Week 12 vs SF (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten had a tough game as he was only able to come up with a reception on the first pass thrown to him. He was open, but the pass was thrown slightly off target and limited his yards after the catch. He almost came down with a reception later, but his right heel came down on the sideline on a deep pass, and later in the game he appeared to catch a pass but the ball was knocked loose on a vicious hit by the defender. After that play the Dallas medical staff looked at his jaw, but he was able to return to action.
2008 Week 13 vs SEA (10 / 9 / 115 / 1 rec)
After not being a big factor in recent weeks, Witten got involved in the Cowboy offense early today. During the first Dallas offensive drive he lined up as a wide receiver and corralled a Tony Romo pass for 36 yards on the fourth offensive play to get his team inside the 20 yard line. He received even more attention in the second drive as he hauled in two balls, including his 400th career reception. Could it get better? Yes, as Witten then capped off the third Cowboy drive with an eight yard TD catch. Over the rest of the day, Witten was much less involved in the action - particularly in the final quarter as Dallas went almost exclusively to the run -- but by then he had already done enough to ensure that he would finish with a monster day.
2008 Week 14 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
Witten connected on five catches for 53 yards the first half. He was a major target for Romo for much of the game and that showed in his overall numbers. However, poor communication with his quarterback resulted in a costly interception and another incomplete pass which sealed the loss. Also of note was Witten missed a few plays in each half with injuries. Owners should keep an eye out for that report this week.
2008 Week 15 vs NYG (9 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Witten was targeted six times in the first half, but those six attempts went for two catches that picked up only eight yards. The tight end did haul in the last three passes thrown his way in the second half as he helped seal the victory for the Cowboys. Witten had a 13 yard catch and run on a fourth quarter play that took the ball down to the Giants' one yard line and helped set up the team's second touchdown. He also extended a drive in the fourth quarter with Dallas attempting to run out the clock when on a third and nine play, he fought his way for a pickup of 11 yards.
2008 Week 16 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)
Witten was the only receiver that Romo was able to connect with, but he was only targeted during drives toward the end of each half. He made tough catches in traffic and took some good hits from the defenders, but was able to hold onto the ball each time. On his final reception he was injured and could be seen limping off of the field. Early reports after the game showed that he had a knee sprain.
2008 Week 17 vs PHI (11 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec)
Witten playing on a sore knee had an effective game with seven catches for 50 yards. He also threw a pass to Terrell Owens for 42 yards. Witten found some success over the middle of the Philadelphia Defense.
2007 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)
Witten was very effective in this game. He was the leading receiver for the Cowboys in the first half. His first three receptions were all for first downs over the middle. Witten ended the half on a high note by making an 11 yard touchdown reception. He was only targeted once after the interval, but it resulted in a 38 yard gain. Witten seemed to have a bigger role with Terry Glenn inactive.
2007 Week 2 vs MIA (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten only caught two out of the six balls thrown his way, but he was often targeted while he was well covered. Witten failed to perform like he did against the Giants, which could be because Miami has a much better group of linebackers.
2007 Week 3 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 90 / 1 rec)
Witten's first target of the game didn't come until the second quarter but it went for a big gain. Operating from their own 31 yard line, QB Tony Romo hit Witten on a pass over the middle of the field that went for 34 yards. On that same drive, he would catch another pass for 22 yards and was targeted in the end zone on a ball that fell incomplete. Witten would go on to catch four more balls for 34 yards and would snare a three yard touchdown pass on Dallas' first drive of the second half.
2007 Week 4 vs STL (8 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec)
Witten continued to be a reliable target for Romo, catching six of the eight passes thrown his way for 71 yards and a touchdown from 17 yards out. He was too much for the St. Louis defense over the middle, as they had no defender that could shut him down.
2007 Week 5 vs BUF (15 / 9 / 103 / 1 rec)
Romo looked for Witten all night, perhaps a little too often, as three of the Bills INTs came on passes intended for the Cowboy tight end. (Romo's first two passes of the game, both INTs, were both intended for Witten.) Not to criticize Witten, though--he played a terrific game and gave the Bills linebackers fits all night. His second quarter TD grab was a thing of beauty, as he broke away from the coverage and caught the ball on a dead run. He showed in this game why he is so the man in this pass offense.
2007 Week 6 vs NE (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten had his lowest receiving totals since week two, when he caught two passes for 27 yards. Witten's catches came on three consecutive passes late in the first half during a scoring drive.
2007 Week 7 vs MIN (13 / 10 / 86 / 0 rec)
Witten was Tony Romo's most frequently targeted receiver. The Vikings had no answer to cover Witten who was open most of the afternoon. Most of his receptions were short to mid range routes down the middle of the field. Dallas used the short passing game in place of the running game, and Witten was the prime benefactor catching ten of his 13 targets.
2007 Week 9 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 77 / 1 rec)
Jason Witten caught three of his five targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. On the most impressive play of the game, Witten caught a pass over the middle where he took a huge hit from the Eagles safety knocking his helmet off. Witten was able to stay up and kept running without a helmet for another 30 yards to the Philadelphia five yard line for a 53 yard gain. Witten also made a nice catch down the right sideline for a 20 yard touchdown in the third quarter, where he caught a nicely thrown Tony Romo pass just over a defenders outstretched arm.
2007 Week 10 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Witten only saw three targets as he brought in two of them for a total of 12 yards.
2007 Week 11 vs WAS (11 / 8 / 67 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten caught eight passes for 67 yards on 11 targets. Witten started the game strong garnering eight of those targets in the first half, but as with the rest of the offense, Witten took a backseat to Terrell Owens in the second half. Even still Witten remains a key component to the Cowboys passing game, and has the confidence of Tony Romo to work the middle of the field.
2007 Week 12 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)
Witten was used on a variety of routes that included him running along the sideline as well as short and deep up the middle. He ran his routes very well and displayed very good hands. All of his targets that were incompletions were as a result of defenders deflecting the ball as it arrived, including one thrown to him a couple of yards outside of the end zone.
2007 Week 13 vs GB (8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Witten did not connect with many throws in the first half but, he was Romo's favorite targets in the second half. He had catches of 13, 12, and 13 yards each for first downs early in the fourth quarter. He had another big first down on a 15 yard catch off a crossing pattern late in the game. He finished the game as Dallas' second leading receiver.
2007 Week 14 vs DET (18 / 15 / 138 / 1 rec)
Jason Witten had a career high game in both receptions and yards. He was consistently open over the middle, and Dallas took advantage of the mismatch in coverage. Witten was most instrumental on the game winning drive as he caught four passes for 39 yards and the game winning touchdown on the final drive. However, he was almost the goat when he fumbled the ball away at the Lion one yard line midway through the fourth quarter as they were driving for a potential go ahead score.
2007 Week 15 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 113 / 0 rec)
Witten had another great game, putting the Cowboys passing game on his back once again for 113 yards on eight receptions. With Romo struggling to get the ball to his wide receivers throughout the game, Witten remained Romo's most effective target and was practically the entire Cowboys offense. The longest play of the game came in the second quarter where Romo found Witten deep over the middle. After breaking a tackle, Witten ran another 20 yards for a total gain of 53, eventually setting up the first points of the game, a Nick Folk field goal. Witten was targeted ten times.
2007 Week 16 vs CAR (11 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
After being held without a catch until midway through the second quarter, the Cowboys made a number of adjustments and got Witten more involved after Owens exited the game. Witten's long catch on the day went for 22 yards down the left sideline.
2007 Week 17 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Witten caught two balls from Romo but was pulled in the third quarter with most of the other starters.
2007 Week 19 vs NYG (8 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec)
Witten led the team in receiving stats. Despite only getting one target in the first half, he got nine in the second.
2006 Week 1 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Witten was thrown to nine times but only had three catches for 33 yards. His most significant play in this game was on a play where it appeared he caught a ten yard touchdown. The play was called back for offensive pass interference since Witten pushed off as he settled in the front of the end zone.
2006 Week 2 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Witten dropped a few of his targets early on, but settled in nicely and finished as one of Bledsoe's favorite targets.
2006 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Witten had two receptions for 19 yards and was targeted four times in the game.
2006 Week 5 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Witten was having a very productive game, catching four of his first five targets for 51 yards and four first downs, but that all changed on the sixth target. Witten was the intended receiver in the end zone in the final minute of the game, but Philadelphia DB Lito Sheppard stepped in and intercepted it, then returned the pass 102 yards for the final touchdown.
2006 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
Witten is mostly running short routes, not running down the seams on deep routes. One TD to him was called back via penalty.
2006 Week 7 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
Witten was not targeted by Bledsoe in the first half. When Romo entered the game at the start of the second half, Witten looked a lot more dangerous. He was targeted five times and was very effective when he got the ball. Witten had a 31 yard gain to keep alive a drive that led to an Owens touchdown. He caught a 15 yard pass on third and 14 on the following drive, and a 21 yard pass on the next drive. It should be noted that the Cowboys were trailing badly by that point so the Giants may have been focusing on limiting big plays to the receivers.
2006 Week 8 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 80 / 1 rec)
Witten had an excellent game, as he turned his double digit targets into 80 yards and a score. He seemed to be Romo's security blanket over the middle.
2006 Week 9 vs WAS (10 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
The starting TE caught half of his ten targets for 50 yards, but did not find the end zone. He continues to be a trusted target for Romo and caught a clutch pass right at the end of the game to set up the potential game winning field goal.
2006 Week 10 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
With Owens drawing so much attention in the secondary, the middle of the field is often wide open. Witten is a monster when he can catch a pass in space and turn up field and Romo is clearly comfortable looking for him.
2006 Week 11 vs IND (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Witten caught all of his targets, but was not targeted in the second half, as Romo focused most of his passes towards Glenn. Witten's contributions were catching short passes in the first half and blocking in the second half.
2006 Week 12 vs TB (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Witten caught 100% of his targets, reeling in three catches on Thanksgiving against Tampa Bay. Witten caught a short eight yard curl in the first quarter, followed by a nine yard catch in the second period where he lined up behind the offensive line as a fullback and ran across the field for the catch and a first down. Witten ended his day by grabbing a 13 yard quick slant in the third period, also good enough for a first down.
2006 Week 13 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 73 / 0 rec)
Witten caught three passes for 73 yards. As it turned out, each of his catches came on a drive where Dallas scored. He had the catch of the game in the fourth quarter. The Giants had just tied the game with 1:12 remaining. On the very next play, Romo found Witten deep down field for a 42 yard gain and allowed Dallas to win the game with a last second field goal.
2006 Week 14 vs NO (7 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Witten was the third most targeted option in the passing game. He was targeted a few times in the end zone but no points came of them. Witten was the target on Romo's second interception.
2006 Week 15 vs ATL (6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Witten started the game well by catching a 19 yard pass on the Cowboys first series of the game. His longest reception in the second half was 13 yard catch for a first down. Witten had eight balls thrown his way and finished with respectable numbers in the game.
2006 Week 16 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Witten caught a number of short passes, starting with an 11 yard gain over the middle in the second quarter. His next two catches came in the third quarter on two six yard completions, followed by three more catches for a combined 27 yards in the final period. All of his catches were for 13 yards or fewer in Week 16. Neither of his other two targets were catchable.
2006 Week 17 vs DET (5 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Witten contributed four catches for 62 yards. His long gain went for 24 yards. For the season, Witten hauled in 64 passes for 754 yards, but had only one touchdown catch.
2006 Week 18 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Witten made his first reception converting a long third down near the end of the first quarter. After he came out of his break and made the reception he took two big hits. SS Michael Boulware jarred the ball loose killing the Cowboys drive. With only thirty seconds left in the first half QB Tony Romo found Witten deep in the Seattle secondary on a fourth and two play. Whitten looked surprised that he wasn't getting popped by a safety and turned it up field running to the Seattle three yard line for a 32 yard gain. Witten made his last reception on the final Dallas drive. He caught a third down pass that nearly ended it. The officials marked him down at the one yard line giving the Cowboys enough time to run out the clock before a final field goal, but instant replay overturned the spot of the ball marking them just short of the one yard line.
2005 Week 1 vs SD (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Witten was all but invisible most of the day. His only catch came on a third down play in the second quarter extending a Cowboy scoring drive. He looked to be nothing like the factor he was last year with Vinny Testaverde quarterbacking this team.
2005 Week 2 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Witten started the game getting few looks from Bledsoe. But as the game went on, his reception total increased, and like Keyshawn Johnson he was targeted with seven of Bledsoe's looks. Two of his incomplete targets were apparent throw aways by Bledsoe, and he had a five yard reception called back on a penalty.
2005 Week 3 vs SF (8 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec)
Jason Witten had his best day of the young season. While the majority of his catches came in the first half it was nice to see him more involved in the Cowboys' passing game again. He had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
2005 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten hauled in all five passes thrown his way, four of which were on third downs. One of his receptions for first down took at least four Oakland defenders to take him down, showing just how strong he is.
2005 Week 5 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)
Witten was heavily involved in the game, catching seven passes for 80 total yards. Witten caught six passes in the first half, ranging from five to 19 yards in length. Witten finished his contributions by adding an 11 yard catch in the final quarter.
2005 Week 6 vs NYG (5 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Witten had an effective game. He was the on the receiving end of Dallas' only touchdown, a two yard catch on play action. His 26 yard reception in the overtime helped set up Jose Cortez's game winning field goal. Witten had a second touchdown reception (fifteen yards) called back by a holding penalty.
2005 Week 7 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)
Witten's first target was a short out on the sideline, but it went for a long gain down the sideline when he broke a tackle by overpowering the smaller defensive back. Witten saw two other targets in the second quarter and caught one other pass at the beginning of the third quarter. After this Witten wasn't a factor in the game.
2005 Week 8 vs ARI (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Jason Witten was the Cowboys' leading receiver on the day with five catches for 71 yards including a beautiful 34 yard catch and run a screen pass on the Cowboys' second play of the game. Like the rest of the Cowboys' receivers most of his damage was done in the first half as the Cowboys threw only seven passes in the second half as they played very conservatively protecting their lead.
2005 Week 10 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Witten had a relatively quiet game, finishing with 27 yards on three catches.
2005 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Witten was targeted in the red zone, he was wide open and the pass just went off his fingertips. He was targeted on the very next play, but the pass was knocked down. The Lions were called for illegal contact on the play. Witten has his first reception in the game during the third quarter called back because of an offensive holding penalty. He made his first catch for ten yards in the third quarter.
2005 Week 12 vs DEN (9 / 9 / 82 / 1 rec)
Witten was the Cowboys' leading receiver; he caught everything thrown his way and tied his career high with nine receptions. Witten was Bledsoe's security blanket and was key in helping Dallas move the chains. Witten scored the Cowboy's final touchdown on a short pass from the four yard line.
2005 Week 13 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Witten was well short of last week's performance catching just one pass for five yards in the first quarter. His one reception brought his season total to 50, making him the first Dallas tight end since Jay Novacek to have back to back seasons with 50 or more receptions.
2005 Week 14 vs KC (9 / 7 / 93 / 1 rec)
Witten is one of the premier tight ends in the game and the Cowboys are definitely aware of it. They called his name early and often. He is a dependable blocker and receiver and he caught most of the balls thrown his way. Once he made a catch, he also proved difficult to bring down. Adding to a great fantasy point producing performance was a 26 yard touchdown he received at the end of the first half.
2005 Week 15 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
Witten made the first reception of the game for two yards for the Cowboys. Witten was seen on the sidelines being checked for a concussion during the first quarter. Near the end of the first half Witten made a 29 yard reception. Witten scored the only touchdown of the game for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 16 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Witten continued hit feast or famine season with a serious famine game, catching only one ball for nine yards on two targets.
2005 Week 17 vs STL (8 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec)
Witten's best reception of the game was for the Cowboys' lone touchdown, where he slipped behind two defenders and managed to get two feet down in the back of the end zone before knocking over a Salvation Army display. This catch showed why Witten is better than most receiving tight ends in the NFL as he displayed speed, footwork, and body control in bringing in the lone highlight of the night for Dallas.