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After Two Years, Witten's First Down Streak Ends In New York

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After Two Years, Witten's First Down Streak Ends In New York

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Last Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys ended a five-game losing streak with a 33-20 upset of the New York Giants. In doing so, surprisingly enough, a much longer-standing and much more impressive record ended. Tight end Jason Witten, last Sunday, did not have a reception for a first down, and this is the first time this has happened in 33 games, two years.

Of course, although he had just one catch, for seven yards, this doesn’t mean that Witten was without any contribution to the team. Interim head coach Jason Garrett lauded Witten recently for his abilities as a complete tight end, with the ability to act as both a receiver and a blocker.

“Wit is such a smart player,
and he's so versatile,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He has the ability to block as a line-of-scrimmage tight end. He can run routes as a line-of-scrimmage tight end.

“And then you can move him around. Put him in the slot and then back in the backfield as a route-runner or blocker. He's a versatile guy. Very smart and has a great feel for playing the game. Put him out there. Put him in here. It showed up in the Giants' game. It really gives us an advantage.”

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