IRVING, Texas – In some ways after Jason Witten's three-drop performance at Seattle it’s as if his 702 career receptions for 7,977 yards never happened.
Now the talk is Witten is 30 and slowing down; not a seven-time Pro Bowl performer.
“It does bother you because you run good routes, you’re open and you just didn’t make the catch,” Witten said. “It has nothing to do with that other stuff. Ultimately, I have a job to do and I didn’t get it done. The criticism is going to come and I understand it but it’s tough because all of those other things come with it when they’re not necessarily true. But when they throw it, you’ve got to make the play.”
Witten said the Seattle game does not drive him more, but he is anxious for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
“For me Sunday can’t get hear fast enough,” Witten said. “You prepare yourself for those moments and for whatever reason you drop it but you have to be ready for the next one. You learn from it, put behind you and move on to the next one.”
Tight ends coach/passing game coordinator John Garrett said Witten looks faster than he has in recent years.
“He can still do it,” Garrett said. “I think the (catches) far outweigh the drop. He goes through seasons without dropping three balls, so it’s a complete anomaly. There’s nothing to worry about it and knowing him the resolve he has, he’s as competitive guy as there is in the league. This will motivate him more and I really think he’s going to be tough to deal with defensively for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.”