Anyone who has followed Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten’s career knows that, through three games in 2012, Witten hasn’t been himself. Not only are his numbers down, but he has struggled with drops, which has never been a problem for the veteran before.
The perennial Pro Bowler’s struggles have led some to speculate that the issue arose when Witten returned for the season opener at New York--less than a month after suffering a lacerated spleen in the preseason opener against Oakland--but Witten himself refuses to offer any excuse for his uncharacteristic play.
“Ultimately, for me, I’ve been in the right spot,” Witten said this week, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’m just not making the play when I need to.”
As Barry Horn of the Morning News points out, Witten’s numbers are anything but typical, by his standards--he has eight receptions on the year for 76 yards. After three games in 2011, he had 19 catches for 272 yards. But Witten is insistent that there is nothing physically wrong.
“I take full responsibility for [the dropped passes], and rest assured that I’m going to get it fixed,” Witten said. “I wish there was a way I could say I wasn’t feeling good or I’m pressing or anything like that. It’s not that. That would be the easy way to really get out of it. Bottom line is you got to get it fixed, it’s unacceptable.”
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