Catches and yards aren't a problem for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten . He's been racking up plenty of those for years to keep fantasy owners satisfied. But his touchdown totals in recent seasons have left those owners wanting more. He has scored five or fewer times in four of the past five seasons. Despite hauling in 110 passes last year, an NFL record for a tight end, Witten was targeted just once in the red zone. Witten said he and the team are working on increasing that number significantly.
"Offensively we just haven't done a good enough job putting points on the board and I'm a part of that," Witten said. "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."
As Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas points out, Witten's lack of touchdowns may be due in large part to how often he is called upon to be more of a blocker than a receiver in the red zone. The hope is tight ends James Hanna or rookie Gavin Escobar can be the blocker in those situations, freeing Witten up to run his routes. Witten is a safe TE1.