It sounds crazy but tight end Jason Witten has been an afterthought in the Dallas Cowboys' red-zone offense. Witten has four seasons on his resume with more than 1000 yards receiving and 90-plus receptions. The eight-time Pro Bowler caught a NFL-record 110 catches for a tight end in 2012 and his 1039 receiving yards tied for fourth-most in league history at that position. But why can't Witten get targets in the red zone? 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. "That's something we talked about this year more than ever" Witten said. "The field gets tight there and I think part of it is we try to use Dez there with fades on one-on-one coverage. Offensively we just haven't done a good enough job putting points on the board and I'm apart of that. Hopefully I'll get more touches and opportunities and that's something we worked on this offseason. I felt like in training camp we saw some results of that and I'm excited to see it carry over into the regular season."
Witten hopes to be utilized more in red zone
ESPN Dallas | Aug 24