Buy or sell? Judging 6 Dallas Cowboys training camp narratives
Sell: Jason Witten‘s will struggle in his return
Let’s face it. It wasn’t foot speed and world-class athleticism that allowed an aging Jason Witten to be named to his 11th Pro Bowl in 2017. It was his experience as a wily veteran, his stellar football intelligence, and good ole fashioned hard work that made him one of the overall best tight ends in football.
After spending last season in the broadcast booth, some are questioning whether the now 37-year old Witten still has the goods to make an impact on the field. The fact is, what the 16-year veteran uses to be successful on the field. specifically, his knack for finding open space within opposing defenses should be the last thing to go.
According to Jason Garrett, Witten looked like he hadn’t skipped a beat this offseason. He’s in great shape and looks faster than ever. I don’t expect the latter to last, but the future Hall of Fame tight end spent last season getting an insider’s look at some of the top team’s in the NFL. I believe he’ll bring that knowledge with him and it will benefit new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
I’m not buying the narrative that Old Man Wit will only be a shadow of the player he once was. Knowing how much Witten works, and factoring in his rekindled love of the game, I expect Witten to put up similar numbers to the ones he posted in 2017, which were 63 receptions for 560 yards and five touchdowns.