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Jason Witten ready to start a new catch streak, hopes for another 130

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) caught a pass against the Vikings, but it was negated by a holding penalty on Ezekiel Elliott, leaving Witten with no catches.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) caught a pass against the Vikings, but it was negated by a holding penalty on Ezekiel Elliott, leaving Witten with no catches. AP

One-hundred and 30 games. That’s more than eight seasons.

That’s how long Jason Witten will have to continue playing for a new consecutive catch streak equal to the one just ended.

“Ha! Ha!” Witten said Thursday when asked if he was ready to start a new 130-game catch streak. “Sure as hell hope so. I think that would be fair to say. Yeah, we will.”

Witten is 34 years old.

“Probably not,” Witten said when asked if he would still be playing 42 years old. “You never know.”

The Cowboys tight end caught a pass on third-and-eight in the fourth quarter against the Vikings, but a holding penalty on Ezekiel Elliott negated the play. It was Witten’s only target.

“What ran through my mind, and Jason Witten’s mind, is we won the football game,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “At the end of the day, you would like to continue the streak. It’s an unbelievable streak. But yeah, we would like the third-down conversion we threw him not called back for holding and some of those other things. But we are really not about our statistical numbers. We are about playing together and doing what we got to do to win football games.”

Witten has 1,072 catches for 11,768 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career. He has caught a pass in 213 of the 219 games he has played.

He failed to catch a pass in four games his rookie season and in a Nov. 2, 2008, game against the Giants.

“Look, I’ve had a lot of receptions,” Witten said. “You never want to have too many weeks of those, but I mean, it’s great to be 11-1. I think if anyone understands that and appreciates that, it’s myself. We have a lot of weapons and a lot of ways of attacking games. I’ve said all along, different guys get opportunities, and that’s the way it goes. You know, Thursday night wasn’t our best football offensively, but to find a way to win and move forward, that’s what this team has done great all year.”

 

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