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Jason Witten: No hard feelings over Cowboys drafting TE

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11:47 AM ET 05.04 | Six tight ends have been drafted since Jason Witten was acquired in the third round in 2003. As Witten has rewritten the Cowboys' record books, he has seen understudies, such as Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett, come and go. Now Witten is ready to welcome yet another rookie teammate, second-round pick Gavin Escobar, who plays the same position he does. "It sounds like they were really high on him and think he can be a good player," Witten said Friday at the Mesquite Boys & Girls Club, where a learning center bearing his name was unveiled. "I'll do everything I can to help him with that process to allow us to be more successful and give us a chance to win. Ultimately, that's all I care about... There's no ego there for me. It's all about winning and that's a part of being a leader and a captain, to help other guys play at a high level. There's no hard feelings from that standpoint." The Cowboys believe that Escobar can broaden the dimensions of the passing game and improve an offense that was 20th in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency. "He can make plays over his head, and we feel like he has the traits to be a 'Y' tight end at some point," head coach Jason Garrett said. "We are excited about the second tight end." So, too, is Witten.

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May 4, 2013  11:56 AM ET

Jason is a team player and all around good guy.

May 4, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Jason is a team player and all around good guy.

He's long been one of my favorite players in the league.

Even as an Eagles fan I can't help but respect him.

May 4, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Witten caught a career high 110 receptions last year. And he hasn't missed a game since 2003. He knows he's the man.

And with the growing popularity of the duel-tight end systems, it only makes sense to pair him with another TE.

May 4, 2013  12:07 PM ET

His personality, work ethic and drive help him succeed in that hot mess that is the current Cowboys "system".

May 4, 2013  12:07 PM ET

Whitten still has a couple years left and management has proven time and again they can't draft to save their lives. They bring in a new tight end or two every year and where are all those guys now?

May 4, 2013  12:07 PM ET

Jones copying the 2 TE offensive package of NE's success is not a bad thing.

May 4, 2013  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Jones copying the 2 TE offensive package of NE's success is not a bad thing.

Bad thing is Turnover Romo is not a SB caliber qb. Next strategy.

May 4, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Whitten still has a couple years left and management has proven time and again they can't draft to save their lives. They bring in a new tight end or two every year and where are all those guys now?

Dallas finally drafted OL help for once early in the Draft. Romo could finally get the protection that he sorely needs.

May 4, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bad thing is Turnover Romo is not a SB caliber qb. Next strategy.

If Romo was the only, or even biggest problem with the Cowboys, that would be relatively easy to fix.

May 4, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bad thing is Turnover Romo is not a SB caliber qb. Next strategy.

True dat, not even a 2nd Rd caliber QB. But if given the chance to draft him in my fantasy football league I would not hesitate to select him.

May 4, 2013  12:13 PM ET
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Dallas finally drafted OL help for once early in the Draft. Romo could finally get the protection that he sorely needs.

It was a start.

May 4, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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If Romo was the only, or even biggest problem with the Cowboys, that would be relatively easy to fix.

The Dallas Cowboys biggest Star and attraction right now is their stadium and not the team that actually plays on that field.

May 4, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It was a start.

Did Dallas get any significant defensive players in the draft?

May 4, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Dallas Cowboys biggest Star and attraction right now is their stadium and not the team that actually plays on that field.

How long until Jerry Jones installs a statue of himself outfront the stadium?

May 4, 2013  12:20 PM ET
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How long until Jerry Jones installs a statue of himself outfront the stadium?

They already have one, still alive and moving around the concourse of the stadium.

May 4, 2013  12:21 PM ET

Cowboy fans have been thru this before. At the end of the Landry era, we suffered thru blackouts the team was so bad. I can't remember how may weekends I went up to Lake Texoma to be able to catch the games on TV.

We need the kind of changes JJ originally brought to Dallas with Jimmy until he let his pride take over.

May 4, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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Cowboy fans have been thru this before. At the end of the Landry era, we suffered thru blackouts the team was so bad. I can't remember how may weekends I went up to Lake Texoma to be able to catch the games on TV.We need the kind of changes JJ originally brought to Dallas with Jimmy until he let his pride take over.

The only thing preventing the Cowboys from succeeding is hiring a real GM and stop hiring personal Jesters as Head Coaches. Most of the pieces are in place, but way too many boneheaded decisions by either the GM, HC and at times the QB, Cowboys need to put an end to this madness for the Fans sanity.

May 4, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The only thing preventing the Cowboys from succeeding is hiring a real GM and stop hiring personal Jesters as Head Coaches. Most of the pieces are in place, but way too many boneheaded decisions by either the GM, HC and at times the QB, Cowboys need to put an end to this madness for the Fans sanity.

Jerry Jones would just override the GM 9 out of 10 times anyway. So to that extent I can understand why he couldn't want to waste money on a glorified puppet.

May 4, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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Jerry Jones would just override the GM 9 out of 10 times anyway. So to that extent I can understand why he couldn't want to waste money on a glorified puppet.

And he overrides his coaches. One of the knocks on Wade's teams were a lack of discipline. When Wade went to correct it, JJ said "I don't think so."

 
May 4, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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And he overrides his coaches. One of the knocks on Wade's teams were a lack of discipline. When Wade went to correct it, JJ said "I don't think so."

I guess the Cowboys are royally screwed for 2 more decades until the Jones family sells the franchise.

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