Nothing Jason Witten does surprises many within the Dallas Cowboys organization. The guy is going into his 15th season and appears to still be in his prime.
That much was evident in Saturday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Witten played only a half and led the team with six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s the best pro football player I’ve been around when it comes to the whole package – player and professional and spokesman for the team and leader and all of that stuff,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “That’s who I would tell any one of my sons or anybody that’s around me – if you want to emulate somebody, emulate that guy.”
Witten, 35, knows how to get open even in the later stages of what most consider a Hall of Fame career. He had a 28-yard reception down the seam, and also a 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Dak Prescott.
He’s one of many weapons on the offensive side of the ball.
“I don’t see any let up in him,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Monday.
“Obviously Dak has a lot of confidence in him. He’s such a pro. If you leave Jason alone … then good luck.”
Witten is on the verge of becoming the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards. He needs only 17 to pass Michael Irvin’s record of 11,904 yards.
That would add to a list of records Witten already owns along with being one of only two tight ends in the 1,000-catch club.
For Witten, though, he’s approaching Year 15 like any other. No drop off is expected.
“I feel really good,” Witten said. “I think it’s been a good camp for me and I’m confident in what I’m being asked to do in my role. I’ve been excited all offseason.
“I’m excited as is the entire football team. It’s a close group. We’ve worked hard. Now it’s exciting to get the season started. We know it’s not going to be an easy challenge.”