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Witten’s remarkable TD catch didn’t go unnoticed

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has already learned that when in doubt, throw the football to Jason Witten. (
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has already learned that when in doubt, throw the football to Jason Witten. ( AP

Touchdowns are the only thing that is really missing from Jason Witten’s resume.

He has 60 career touchdown passes in his 13 seasons, and has never posted a double-digit touchdown season. By comparison, Rob Gronkowski has 65 touchdown receptions in six seasons.

But Witten focused on improving in that area this off-season, and it showed in Thursday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Witten made a remarkable touchdown catch, reaching over linebacker K.J. Wright, to haul in a 17-yard pass from Dak Prescott.

The play gave the Cowboys a 7-0 first-quarter lead, but Dallas lost the game 27-17.

“My job,” Witten said. “If they throw it to me, I’m expected to catch it. I’m sure the young pup had confidence in me to make that play.”

Witten dismissed the notion that it might have been under thrown and he had to wrestle away a possible interception.

“It was a good throw,” Witten said. “That’s where you want it. That’s the coverage they play. I expect those out of myself and I appreciate him having confidence to let it go. It’s a big-time play by a young player. He’s done that all camp, all preseason.”

Even though he tried to downplay the difficulty of making the catch, Witten’s grab didn’t go unnoticed by Prescott.

“I give him all the credit. He had a tough defender on him,” Prescott said. “I told him, ‘I love you.’ Thank you for catching that. I needed that.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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