The eight-time Pro Bowler caught a NFL-record 110 catches for a tight end in 2012, and his 1,039 receiving yards tied for fourth-most in league history at that position.
He was targeted just once in 2012 and it resulted in a touchdown. Meanwhile, the top four red-zone scorers last season were tight ends -- Rob Gronkowski, Heath Miller, Kyle Rudolph and Tony Gonzalez. Dez Bryant led the Cowboys with three red-zone scores, tied for 18th in the NFL.
The story points out that Witten's responsibilities are different in the red zone. There are times where he has to help block a defensive end or outside linebacker and, by the time he releases into the field of play to become a target, quarterback Tony Romo has already gone through his progressions. The Cowboys hope the offensive line improves in 2013 so Witten won't have to chip in as much. And with a focus on two tight-end sets, perhaps James Hanna or Gavin Escobar will block so Witten can become a target. It all spells good news for owners of Witten, who is easily a top-five TE in any format, but we especially like him in PPR formats, ranking him second behind stud Jimmy Graham.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:43pm
ESPN's Todd Archer offered these thoughts on Dallas WR Kevin Ogletree:
Or maybe Ogletree’s hamstring acted up after he dropped a third-down pass. The Cowboys used Dwayne Harris more vs. Atlanta than they had been, even if he did not catch a pass against the Falcons. They had a package for Cole Beasley, as well. Tight end James Hanna saw more work, too.
Ogletree did have three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, but there is a high level of frustration with him at Valley Ranch. He has had some good moments this season but he has had some down moments, too. The Cowboys cannot be as patient with him as other players, and I’m wondering if the patience level is close to empty.