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Why I’m Not Buying The Jason Witten Rejuvenation Story

Last week, made headlines with some quotes about the return of . Neither Garrett nor Witten tend to make headlines with their words often, but the two combined to do so with a quote this week.

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.” – Jason Garrett on Witten.

Multiple Cowboys' media outlets ran with these quotes, looking to show that the Cowboys have found a version of Jason Witten that they have not seen in quite some time. They are, publicly, stating that they believe a year away from the game did Witten some good, and that he will be a much healthier and fresher player in 2019 than he was back when he last played in 2017.

As a fan of the team, I sure hope this is the case. But as a realistic human being, I can't get behind this at all.

Jason Witten hasn't been very good for quite some time now. I know he's a Cowboy legend, and will forever be a fan favorite, but the facts are the facts. As a run blocker Witten has regressed greatly in his later years. More often it seemed he was re-adjusting his jersey after a missed block than he was making blocks to spring on the .

As a receiver, Witten's much slower than he used to be. And while he was never a blazer who relied on his speed to win, his lack of speed certainly holds him back in today's game. And if the Cowboys want to be multiple and versatile on , I'm not sure how a greatly-aged helps them to do so.

He's still the smart, instinctive route runner he's always been, but at 37 years old what can we realistically expect from him?

I'll be honest, I'm very skeptical that Jason Witten is going to give the Cowboys anything in 2019. Maybe earlier in the season he will look better than expected, but can he withstand a full NFL season? It's impossible to say for sure now, but I'm absolutely not buying that he's rejuvenated or extra-fresh after a year off from football.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Kevin Washington

It was a mistake to bring witt back. He was washed up before he left and even if he comes back exactly like he was last year, it’s not gud enough imo. I love Witt but his time has passed. They could have brought in a FA TE. I love my cowboys but they puzzle sometimes with their decision making


I quit reading when You said 82 has not been good for sometime e now. I’ll be waiting for your follow up story after the season.


Curious as to why, do you think he has been good and if so where have you been, certainly not watching.


I watch every game, just wait til
This season is over and then we can visit.


I imagine Witt does feel better and yes he is not the same guy he was a few years ago but for the right price he can still get first downs and give leadership!! AND Dak needs ALL the help he can get while still learning to play at the pro level! The question is what does Witt cost against salary cap?


Witten’s main contribution will be in the Red Zone…it is not pure coincidence that CB Red Zone efficiency fell off a cliff after he retired…

lawrence stacy

Luckily we all have opinions. My opinion is that you are wrong. And the break probably did help him somewhat. Others have done the same in the past and improved saying the year of no wear and tear did help them out greatly.


You don’t suddenly become faster at 37, no one does.


I hate to agree but have to, Witt was so slow when he left that it looked like he was running in mud. There’s always hype at the beginning but all I know is that we’re undefeated and if not for garrett we could go to the SB.

Tall Texan

I’m afraid to say it, but the author expresses my concerns pretty well.

I sure hope he and I are both wrong…

Ben Miller

Witten did lots of great things in the past but mentoring young TEs was never part of his personal game plan. He had a strangle hold on ALL the TE1 snaps and was not letting anyone spell him. I hope it’s different now. Jarwin, given his size and quickness could be special…predraft scouts compared him favorably to Ertz. If Witten steps up and mentors him all the better!

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