Friday, December 11, 2009
Can Witten keep rolling?
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – Tight end Jason Witten didn’t produce in the passing game to his Pro Bowl standards for the first 10 games of the season.
He made his typical number of catches, but he did very little damage downfield. Witten has done a lot of catching up in the last two weeks.
Witten has 19 catches for 263 yards in the last two weeks, when he had his first two 100-yard games of the season. He had four receptions of at least 20 yards in those two games, one more than he had in the previous 10.
“I’m sure I’m benefiting from having a guy like Miles [Austin] out there with the coverages and things that they do,” Witten said. “I just think that throughout the course of the season you have to stay the same way and keep working and those plays will happen. It just seems like it’s fallen that way the last two weeks.”
It wouldn’t be surprising if it fell that way again this week. Chargers safety Eric Weddle hasn’t practiced due to a knee injury, so San Diego will either have a gimpy safety or a backup at the position. Either way, it’s a matchup Witten can win on a consistent basis.