Scouts Buzz: Appreciating Witten

Cowboys TE even more of a receiving threat; how Patriots win battles before snap

Originally Published: December 20, 2010
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
After watching the Week 15 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares these key observations:

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireJason Witten seems to be thriving under Dallas' new head coaching regime.

1. Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten has been terrific since Jason Garrett has taken over as head coach. The Cowboys are using a lot more heavy run-oriented personnel and have featured Witten more as a receiver. This is especially true in light of their wide receiver injuries, but it is just another testament to Witten's value and versatility. He remains a great blocker for the run game and in pass protection. And his feel for running routes and getting open is second to none. He is sure-handed and quick to get upfield after the catch. In the Cowboys' 33-30 victory over the Washington Redskins, quarterback Jon Kitna targeted Witten a whopping 12 times. Witten caught 10 of them for 140 yards and one touchdown. He's one of the best in the business.