IRVING, Texas -- Jason Witten isn’t much into trash talking.
When he was informed of Antrel Rolle’s comment on Wednesday that the Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Bowl tight end will not catch 18 passes in Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants, Witten shrugged.
“I probably won’t,” Witten said.
Witten is just playing the percentages.
There have only been five games in NFL history in which a player has recorded at least 18 receptions. Witten is the only tight end. The others are Brandon Marshall (21 and 18), Terrell Owens (20) and Tom Fears (18).
Witten caught 18 passes for 167 yards, but the Cowboys lost 29-24 after falling behind 23-0.
“That was an interesting game,” Witten said. “We were on a roll. Tony and I were feeling good. We felt regardless of the coverage we could find a completion. I was proud of our team the way to come back. You are down (23-0) in the second quarter. You lose the game and there is no such thing as moral victories, but the way we fought said a lot about our team. Use that tape and see how they’re going to play us this year. We’ve got a lot of that, because they were ahead so much.”