The tight end position is often (at least in recent years) the primary receiving target if a team is in the red zone. With athletically gifted tight end’s like Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski and more, anytime a team is in the red zone, they often look for their big targets.
That hasn’t been the case for the Dallas Cowboys and their star tight end, Jason Witten. The former Tennessee product received only one (yes, one) red zone target last season and is looking for more this year.
“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.”
With an improved offensive line (or, so they assume), the hope is to get a bit more protection time so quarterback Tony Romo isn’t consistently throwing fade routes into the corner as the pocket collapses, giving Witten more time to get open in the crammed field.