Cowboys notes: Romo’s time investment a non-issue to Witten

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If Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is about to get more involved in the game-planning of the offense, tight end Jason Witten might not even notice.

It’d be nothing new to him.

“I’ve always felt like Tony was very involved in the process of the plays and our scheme, how we attacked,” Witten said Friday at the Boys & Girls Club in Mesquite, where he was on hand to dedicate the renovation of a learning center — a project led by his SCORE Foundation and its partnership with Albertsons. “I think in any organization where you have an elite quarterback like that, you want him to feel comfortable. I think that’s something we’ve always tried to do, and it sounds like we’re going to continue to do that.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the draft last week that it would be a “bonus” if Romo, who last month signed a six-year, $108 million extension, were to spend “Peyton Manning-type time” at Valley Ranch.

Witten said there has never been a concern about Romo putting in enough time to get the job done.

“Sometimes maybe more is made of that than it is,” Witten said. “I know he understands the expectations to play that position, probably even more so now after the contract than ever before. I think that’s something he embraces and says, ‘Hey, let’s get this started.’ I think we’re all excited. But we all know at this point, our actions will speak a lot louder than anything we say or talk about.”

Straight to work

Jason Witten says it is not asking too much to expect new tight end Gavin Escobar, drafted last week in the second round by the Cowboys, to contribute right away.

“I don’t think it’s putting too much on his plate at all,” Witten said Friday. “It’s a process when you draft a guy and have high expectations for him. It sounds like they’re really high on him and think he can be a good player.”

Escobar comes to the Cowboys with pass-catching credentials, which is what they were looking for as they try to stock their personnel for a two-tight end passing attack, or “12 personnel.”

Witten said the Cowboys will put Escobar to work early, as they have with other young tight ends.

“This really isn’t new territory for us,” he said. “We’ve drafted tight ends high throughout, even since I’ve been here, with Anthony [Fasano] and Martellus [Bennett]. I think this is a package that we’ve always really used and will continue to see that grow.”

Witten joked that he welcomed the help.

“I’m going into my 11th year,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @calexmendez

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