For the first time in his illustrious career, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will start as a wide receiver. Sam Hurd, who would have been the third wide receiver, is out with a high-ankle sprain suffered during Thursday’s game against the Vikings.
In fact, Witten is already the second-favorite choice of quarterback Tony Romo, but rarely is Witten playing in the slot.
What this also means is rookie Martellus Bennett, who came around in the second half of training camp to impress coaches enough to think he can start right away, should see some significant playing time at tight end. Bennett, a jester of a player who stole the show on HBO’s Hard Knocks series, started off looking irritable, lazy and childish.
But tight ends coach John Garrett was all over Bennett and pushed his buttons all through camp. It seemed that in the third week of camp and that third preseason game, Bennett started to turn a new leaf. Now, he should play against Cleveland in the opening game on Sept. 7. It’s a risky move putting Bennett in this role so quickly, but the Cowboys lost two receivers who were competing for that third slot.
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