ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
One of the more interesting questions going into Sunday night was how the Cowboys would make up for the loss of Dez Bryant, who fractured an ankle against the Indianapolis Colts in week 13--which receiver would step up in the absence of the rookie.
As it turns out, the slack left by Bryant wasn’t picked up by a receiver at all, but rather, a group of tight ends and running backs, as well as Kevin Ogletree.
Consider the ball distribution Sunday: 17 of 33, more than half of all passes on Sunday were directed at non-receivers. Tight end Jason Witten was the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Felix Jones was the team’s second-leading receiver in the loss with four catches for 42 yards. Ogletree was the only receiver to crack the top three with three catches for 34 yards. Martellus Bennett, at fourth, had four catches for 30 yards.
“We knew there would be some chances there,” Witten said, per ESPN Dallas. “Even the last couple of weeks we knew there’d be chances with their defense and the coverages. They try to keep everything in front of them and you’re not able to make big plays.”
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