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Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten Poised for a Year to Show Doubters He’s Got Plenty Left

Jason Witten 2014 Preview

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Jason Witten can be known as the “iron man” on the Dallas Cowboys, if you’d like. Throughout his entire 11 seasons in the NFL (all with the Cowboys), he’s missed just one game, and that was in his rookie year. The guy plays when he’s beaten, bruised and battered. Regardless of the situation, Witten wants to be out there with his team, trying to do anything possible to help get a win. It’s an obvious reason why Witten has been a fan favorite for so long.

Guys like Witten just don’t pop up in the NFL much anymore, mainly because they don’t know how to make the catch, get the first down and protect themselves, all at the same time. Well, Witten does, and his consistent ability to remain on the field and avoid injuries has been huge for Tony Romo and the Cowboys’ pass game. This year though, Witten has a mission.

Many have said that Witten has continued on a decline recently, and that his best years are behind him. At 32 years old, that would be understandable, but I’m here to tell you that it’s simply not true. Looking at his number of receptions before last season you’ll see 94, 94, 79 and 110. All of those are excellent, with the lone exception being 79, where he saw his targets drop that year as well.

Now, the reason why many believe that Witten is on a decline is because of two simple reasons. The first is that in 2012, he had just three touchdowns. People chose to ignore the 110 receptions and 1,039 yards. Then, last season, he had only 73 catches, but had 851 yards and eight touchdowns. Now in this situation everyone decided to just simply look at the decline in catches.

The guy simply can’t catch a break, and for a tight end known as Mr. Reliable in Dallas, this year he’s going to put the receptions, the yards and the touchdowns together. Right out of the gate I believe we’ll be thinking that Witten is looking like he’s 25 once again. Expect a big year from No. 82 in Dallas, and one that could help the Cowboys get back to the postseason once again.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.