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#82 TE | 6'6", 261 lbs. | Dallas
Birth Date:May 6, 1982 (32 years old) Place of Birth:Knoxville, TN Hometown:Elizabethton, TN College:Tennessee
Drafted:Drafted by Dallas in 2003 (3/69).
Drafted:Drafted by Dallas in 2003 (3/69).
|Assets:||Great athlete with a fine mix of speed and strength. Runs excellent routes and comes back to help his quarterback. Has the quickness to turn upfield and generate yards after the catch. Great hands. A pretty good wall-off blocker.|
|Flaws:||Not a pile-driver in the running game. Could be a little more disciplined. Draws the occasional false-start penalty flag. Takes a lot of pounding: is durable but always seems to play hurt.|
|Career Potential:||Star tight end.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Walter Payton Man of the Year||2012|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004|
Movements & Injuries
|9/11/2011||Signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a five-year contract extension.|
|7/22/2006||Re-signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a seven-year contract.|
|7/26/2003||Signed by the Dallas Cowboys.|
|4/26/2003||Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round (69th overall) in 2003.|
Linehan calls Witten an every-down player | 06/05/2014 11:11 AM
NewsNew playcaller Scott Linehan called Jason Witten an every-down player.
Witten has 12 catches, 135 yards in loss | 12/30/2013 1:33 AM
NewsJason Witten caught 12 passes for 135 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Jason Witten shut down by Redskins | 12/22/2013 5:47 PM
NewsJason Witten caught just two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Washington.
ImpactWitten was oddly targeted just twice even though Dez Bryant saw consistent double teams. Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised. Witten has seen three targets or less in three of the last four games and is averaging just 4.0 catches on the season. The Cowboys would be wise to get Witten more involved when they face the Eagles with a playoff spot on the line in Week 17.
Jason Witten goes 5/71/1 in loss to Packers | 12/15/2013 9:24 PM
NewsJason Witten caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' Week 15 loss to the Packers.
ImpactWitten took advantage of some abysmal tackling on his 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Witten is well off his 2012 pace in catches and yards, but now has four touchdowns over his past four games. He'll remain a mid-range TE1 for the final week of the fantasy playoffs.
Witten catches 10-yard touchdown in loss | 12/10/2013 12:45 AM
NewsJason Witten caught a ten-yard touchdown in Week 14 against the Bears.
ImpactWitten was targeted three times on the night. It was an extremely disappointing effort against a defense that struggles mightily versus opposing tight ends. Witten may have been hurt, but the team didn't report anything. James Hanna and Gavin Escobar saw more work than usual it seemed. Witten will be back on the TE1 map next week in a tasty home date with the Packers.
Witten goes for 53 yards in Week 13 win | 11/28/2013 8:53 PM
NewsJason Witten caught three balls for 53 yards in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Raiders.
ImpactIt was a surprisingly quiet night for the entire Dallas pass game, which has now scuffled two weeks in a row following its Week 11 bye. For its part, the Raiders' defense has been fairly stingy in tight end coverage this season. Look for Witten to bounce back in a cake Week 14 matchup with Chicago.
Jason Witten now a red-zone threat | 11/27/2013 10:54 AM
NewsFive of Jason Witten's six touchdowns this season have come in the red zone.
Witten scores twice as Cowboys roll | 11/24/2013 8:09 PM
NewsJason Witten caught four balls for 37 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' Week 12 win over the Giants.
ImpactBoth of Tony Romo's TD passes were good to Witten in the red zone. Witten has now scored four times across two 2013 meetings with the G-Men. Keep leaning on Witten as a mid-range TE1 when the Cowboys play Oakland in Week 13.
Witten limited to two catches, 27 yards | 11/11/2013 1:52 AM
NewsJason Witten caught two passes for 27 yards in Sunday night's Week 10 loss to the Saints.
ImpactWitten was targeted a team-high six times, but wasn't able to get anything going with Tony Romo. He's now been held under 50 yards six times this season and continues to struggles with his consistency. Witten is averaging just 4.7 catches for 53.2 yards over his first 10 games and will be just a low-end TE1 when the Cowboys come out of their bye in Week 12.
Witten leads Cowboys in receiving, scores | 11/03/2013 5:34 PM
NewsJason Witten caught eight passes for 102 yards and one touchdown in Week 9 against the Vikings.
Jason Witten held to two catches in loss | 10/27/2013 5:33 PM
NewsJason Witten caught two passes for 15 yards in Dallas' Week 8 loss to the Lions.
ImpactBizarrely, Witten's two grabs were his only targets. Both the catches and looks were new season lows. Averaging just 4.6 catches for 50.4 yards, Witten is shaping up as a low-end TE1. That being said, he has an appetizing Week 9 matchup in the Vikings.
Witten takes step back in Week 6 win | 10/14/2013 1:12 AM
NewsJason Witten caught three passes for 27 yards in Sunday night's Week 6 win over Washington.
ImpactHe was targeted five times in the passing game. Witten took a step back after going off for 121 yards and a touchdown last week, but his lack of involvement was more the result of the Cowboys playing conservative in the second half. Witten has 31 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns through six games and will remain a TE1 in Week 7 against the Eagles.
Jason Witten gets in on the party vs. DEN | 10/06/2013 8:07 PM
NewsJason Witten caught seven passes for 121 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Broncos.
Jason Witten has another quiet day in loss | 09/29/2013 8:24 PM
NewsJason Witten caught five passes for 43 yards in Dallas' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.
ImpactWitten's latest quiet day came even though he drew a team-leading 10 targets, and the Cowboys were without Miles Austin. With 25 percent of the season in the books, Witten is on pace for just 84 catches, 768 yards and eight touchdowns. He's yet to surpass 70 yards in a game. Witten has hardly fallen off a cliff, but is looking like he'll be a lower-end TE1 instead of the high-end one he was in 2012.
Witten leads Cowboys in receiving Sunday | 09/22/2013 6:01 PM
NewsJason Witten led the Cowboys with his five catches for 67 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Rams.
ImpactWith the Cowboys running the ball successfully, the passing game didn't have to produce much. The Cowboys were up 24-0 early in the third quarter. They just sat on the ball and drained the clock thereafter. Most of the starters were resting on the sideline early in the fourth quarter. Witten and the Cowboys go to San Diego in Week 4.
Jason Witten held to 12 yards in loss | 09/15/2013 4:52 PM
NewsJason Witten caught three passes for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Chiefs.
ImpactThe Chiefs left Dez Bryant in one-on-one coverage for much of the day, trusting Brandon Flowers. It resulted in far less open spaces for both Witten and Miles Austin (three catches for 31 yards). Witten's eight targets did rank second on the team behind Dez, but the 12 yards are his lowest since Week 3 of last year. Witten can still be trusted as a mediocre TE1 against the Rams in Week 3.
Witten goes for 70 yards, two touchdowns | 09/09/2013 1:01 AM
NewsJason Witten had eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Giants.
ImpactWitten had both of the Cowboys' touchdowns and took advantage of a mismatch with Mark Herzlich in the second half. After finishing with just three touchdowns last season, he's finally being emphasized more in the red-zone offense. He didn't have any drops and secured eight of his nine targets.
Cowboys working Witten into the red-zone | 08/25/2013 7:56 PM
NewsJason Witten says the Cowboys have been emphasizing him in the red-zone offense this training camp.
Impact"That's something we talked about this year, more than ever," Witten said. "I felt like in training camp we saw some results of that and I'm excited to see it carry over into the regular season." It would be easier to believe Witten if this wasn't an annual refrain from a guy who has been held to five scores or less in four of the last five seasons. The Cowboys' go-to play in the red zone will still be slants and fades to Dez Bryant.
Jason Witten catches one pass vs. Bengals | 08/24/2013 11:03 PM
NewsJason Witten caught one pass for 11 yards in Saturday's fourth preseason game against the Bengals.
ImpactThe catch was Witten's lone grab of the preseason, but it's not a concern for the top-five tight end. Witten's lateral agility leaves much to be desired at this stage of his career, but he's still a target monster, and is insanely durable. He'll bring home the fantasy bacon.
Jason Witten excelling in the red zone | 07/30/2013 9:58 AM
NewsJason Witten has excelled in the red zone so far during Cowboys camp.
ImpactIt's notable because the red zone is where Witten has struggled during his illustrious career. Although he's caught 806 passes over 159 games, just 44 (5.4 percent) have gone for touchdowns. For comparison's sake, 8.3 percent of Tony Gonzalez's career catches have resulted in six points and Antonio Gates is way up at 12.9 percent. We don't expect Witten to suddenly become a red-zone monster, but his relative value has grown as the tight end position has thinned out in fantasy. There aren't many safer options.
Jason Witten restructures contract | 02/28/2013 1:32 PM
NewsThe Cowboys have completed a restructuring of Jason Witten's contract, clearing roughly $3.65 million in cap space.
Todd Archer on Twitter
ImpactLG Nate Livings also had his deal restructured as the Cowboys are working hard to free up some money. Witten remains under contract through 2017, when he'll be 35 years old.
Dallas plans to restructure Witten's deal | 02/27/2013 11:06 PM
NewsThe Cowboys plan to restructure Jason Witten's contract.
Todd Archer on Twitter
ImpactWitten is due a $5.5 million base salary in 2013, and he is currently set to count $8 million against the cap. He'll be just one of "about a dozen" players the Cowboys approach about reworking their deals in an effort to become salary-cap compliant by March 12.
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Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Receptions||12||vs. Phi||Week 17||18|
|Receiving Yards||135||vs. Phi||Week 17||167|
|Receiving TD||2||2 times-last:at NYG||last:Week 12||1|
|Total Yards||135||vs. Phi||Week 17||167|
|Total TD||2||2 times-last:at NYG||last:Week 12||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Receiving Yards||1145||2007 (Dal)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||11.9||2007 (Dal)|
|Receiving TD||9||2010 (Dal)|
|Total Yards||1145||2007 (Dal)|
|Total TD||9||2010 (Dal)|