IRVING, Texas – Tight ends coach John Garrett can sum up Jason Witten's three-drop day in three words: “A complete anomaly.”
Witten, who makes no excuses, has been targeted 13 times and dropped four passes this season. The glass-half-full way of looking at those disturbing numbers is to figure he got all his drops for the season out of the way already.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Witten averaged only three drops per season over the last four years. He had three in 2008, three in 2009, two in 2010 and four in 2011.
If Witten weren’t getting open, maybe that could be considered a sign of decline for a 10-year veteran who turned 30 in the spring. However, it’s not as if hands get less sure as a guy gets older.
“J’s been playing a long time,” Tony Romo said. “He’s been so good for us for so long, we’re just lucky to have him play at the level he’s been. So he’ll be fine.”