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Jason Witten focused on winning, not catches

09/04/2014 8:04 PM

09/04/2014 8:05 PM

As the Cowboys move to move to more of a run-oriented and balanced attack in 2014, something will have to give from their pass-happy ways of the past.

That something could be a decline in numbers for perennial Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten. Witten has been quarterback Tony Romo’s most trusted and prolific target for much of the last decade, with seven straight seasons of 73 or more catches.

“We want more consistency in our offense,” Witten said. “We want to run the ball and everything falls after that.”

Witten also readily acknowledges when the Cowboys do pass in 2014 that getting the ball to game-breaking receiver Dez Bryant will be the primary focus because he “is such a huge playmaker.”

Now Witten has no plans to turn down any receptions and would love to kept getting fed the ball as in the past. He will prepare the same way and still expects to be a big factor.

But Witten is secure with his place in history as the Cowboys all-time leading receiver and Hall of Fame candidate. All he wants now is to win, even if it means a lesser role.

“My expectations for my self is to have a big year,” Witten said. “I want to be the best player I can be and have high expectations, but at the same time I want to win football games.”

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