TE Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
|6-5, 257||Born: 5-6-1982||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2003|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Witten had his highest yardage and catch totals of the year, which was helped by Amari Cooper's injury. He should be a viable streamer against Philadelphia this week and against the Giants after the Week 8 bye, but the schedule gets tougher after that.
Week 7: vs Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Great matchup. In week six, former-Cowboy and current-CBS analyst Tony Romo noted that he could see "Jason Garrett's footprints in this [Cowboys] offense." Sadly, after a strong start to the season with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore seemingly in charge of calling Dallas' upstart offense, Jason Garrett has made his way back into the picture influencing the Cowboys' offensive play-calls. During Dallas' 3-0 start to the season, their passing attack was refreshingly dependent upon play action, significantly increasing quarterback Dak Prescott's efficiency. Now, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, Dallas' passing attack is looking increasingly similar to Cowboys offenses of years past. Prescott has gone without a passing touchdown in two of his last three outings, with his numbers inflated in the third game due to increased passing volume during garbage time against the Green Bay Packers. In week seven, Prescott's favorite target, Amari Cooper, is unlikely to play after sustaining a quad injury that sidelined him for almost all of last week's loss to the New York Jets. Michael Gallup will assume the number-one receiving role in Dallas' passing attack in Cooper's absence. Over the last two weeks, Gallup has totaled 11 receptions on 21 targets for 161 yards and a touchdown. Tavon Austin also recorded season-high target, reception, and yardage totals last week without Cooper. Look for him to play a larger role in Dallas' offense while Amari Cooper is sidelined. Dallas' offensive line, when healthy, is among the league's best. In week seven, however, they may be without both starting tackles against the Philadelphia Eagles. La'El Collins and Tyron Smith both missed week six, and both are questionable for week seven. Brandon Knight started in place of Collins and allowed a team-high six pressures on the quarterback, while Cameron Fleming played for Tyron Smith and held his own, allowing only one pressure. A previously-elite offensive line is likely closer to league-average without Smith and Collins on the field, hampering what was previously a resounding strength in the Cowboys' offense. The Philadelphia Eagles' pass defense ranks amongst the league's worst through the first six weeks of the 2019 season. Philadelphia's defensive line features two top-tier pass-rushers in Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, but their supporting cast has been unimpressive recently. Last week, Philadelphia's front four was hardly able to force any pressure on Kirk Cousins at all, even against Minnesota's struggling offensive line. At linebacker, the Eagles released Zach Brown following his ill-advised comments to the media before last week's game, coupled with poor on-field performance. Brown was a strong coverage linebacker, and he will likely be replaced by Kamu Grugier-Hill. In limited 2019 action, Grugier-Hill has struggled against the pass. Expect a significant downgrade in coverage at the second-level of Philadelphia's defense going forward. The secondary has been the weakest point of the team's defense so far in 2019. Last week, the Vikings consistently beat Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones deep, as Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs combined for 13 catches on 19 targets, 224 yards, and a stunning 4 touchdowns. On the season, the Eagles have allowed 6 100-yard receivers in 6 games. The only team to not register a 100-yard receiver against Philadelphia was the New York Jets in week five, quarterbacked by Luke Falk, who has since been released. A matchup against Philadelphia's horrid pass defense may be the perfect remedy for Dallas' struggling aerial attack. Last weekend, the Vikings set season-high passing totals against the Eagles thanks to a play-action-heavy offensive gameplan. Should the Cowboys adopt a similar strategy, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' offense have a fantastic opportunity to right the ship and light up the scoreboard in week seven.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jason Witten's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Witten saw a season-high seven targets against the Jets as Dallas was in comeback mode and Amari Cooper's early-game injury left a vacancy in the passing game with Randall Cobb already out. Witten stuffed the beyond-the-box-score notes in addition to his five catches with a goal-line touchdown called back by penalty, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty, and logged a rare drop. Witten was targeted on a game-tying two-point attempt in the closing seconds, drawing contact, but there was no interference call as Dallas lost the close road game. Witten added two chunk gains, including a must-have play in the fourth quarter on third-and-long in a contested situation.
2019 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
For a uncanny fifth game in a row Witten saw exactly four targets. Witten has been a steady target thus far and Week 5 was no exception. However, the veteran did not see a look in the passing game until the fourth quarter and two came in the final minutes of Dallas' home loss to Green Bay. Witten presents the biggest test at tight end for a Jets secondary in Week 6 who has faced one of the weakest slates at the position to-date.
2019 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Witten posted another solid performance on an eerily consistent four targets for the fourth straight game this season. Witten logged two quality catches - one on a deep out as Dak Prescott was being hit and another low grab - but also lost a fumble following a chunk gain against the Saints. Witten has been a moderate surprise producer over the opening month for Dallas especially with his regular big plays, an element which evaporated from his game prior to his year away from football in 2018.
2019 Week 3 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
For the third straight game Witten made a big play for the Dallas passing game. As Dak Prescott extended a play on a rollout, Witten uncovered down the sideline and converted third-and-long by corralling the floating pass for more than half of his game yardage total. Witten also added a stiff arm on a quick out reception. Even without high volume (four targets in each game this season) Witten has been a significant factor in Dallas' passing game.
2019 Week 2 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)
Witten made a big play yet again for the Cowboys for the second consecutive week. Witten secured a small window target on a goal-line rollout for the short-range touchdown, but also caught his lone target of the season downfield on a deep in-cut this week. Witten's range of route-running has shrunk considerably over the years, but Witten is one of the dedicated chain-movers and 'staying ahead of the chains' targets within the Cowboys suddenly-dynamic passing game.
2019 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)
Witten made his return to the NFL after 2018 in broadcasting to his traditional role as the chain-moving and short-range option in the Dallas offense. He found the end zone off a play-action design at the goal line but was limited to short routes throughout the game. Secondary tight end Blake Jarwin showed well as more of a seam-stretcher and Witten's snap count was closer to a tight end-by-committee rotation for the Cowboys than Witten as the dominant starter.
Latest NewsCowboys | Jason Witten registers five grabs (Sun Oct 13, 08:45 PM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten posted five receptions for 57 yards on seven targets in Week 6 against the New York Jets. link to story Cowboys | Jason Witten hauls in three balls (Mon Oct 7, 01:22 AM) - Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten caught three passes for 29 yards in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers. link to story
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