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Monday, December 28, 2009
Witten shows 'afterburner stuff'

By Tim MacMahon

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Witten might be the best all-around tight end in football, but the one thing he isn't known for is running after the catch.

Which made his career-long 69-yard reception against the Washington Redskins even more fun to watch.

Witten got wide open on a short route against free safety LaRon Landry, who was in man coverage, and simply took off upfield. Landry never gained ground on the 6-5, 260-pound Witten.

"Hey, I didn’t know you had that kind of speed!" Jerry Jones hollered to Witten in the locker room. "That was afterburner stuff!"

Witten smiled and replied, "Don't count me out."

For the first 10 games of the season, Witten wasn't much of a big-play threat. That's changed as defenses have been forced to scheme to slow down Miles Austin. Witten, who has seen a lot more man coverage lately, has three 100-yard games in the last five weeks.