Jul 31, 2014; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) is defended by tight end Jason Witten (82) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Witten holding Cowboys to standard in practice with trash talk

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The Dallas Cowboys are trying to get over a 8-8 hump and back into the playoffs. That will require a strong performance from everyone on the team, especially a restructured defense with new faces.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has been particularly vocal in training camp, talking a lot of trash. He says it is only in camp, and he is hopeing it serves as motivation for the team.

“Well, just in practice,” said Witten, via ESPN Dallas. “You compete. I think it’s good for all of us. I really don’t say anything in games, but in practice, I think it makes you better. It definitely makes me better as a player.”

Witten has also seemed to single out the rookies, hoping maybe to get them up to speed a little faster.

“We’re counting on those guys to help our football team,” Witten said. “They need to know we need them, we’re depending on them. This is the standard with which we do it. … That’s creating a standard to say, ‘Hey, if I want to be on this team or I want to be a part of it or I want a role, this is the way I’ve got to do it.’ It’s the only way we’re going to have that breakthrough that we talk about, going out here and having that carry over to games.”

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