This week, Witten's a marked man

In Pats' latest TE challenge, Belichick calls Cowboys star 'one of the all-time greats'

Updated: October 14, 2011, 2:04 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- ESPN has dubbed 2011 the "Year of the Quarterback." Down here at Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots are more likely to consider it the "Year of the Tight End."

And it has nothing to do with the production of their own second-year tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. In what's become a familiar early-season storyline for the Patriots, the team is set to be challenged by one of the league's top tight ends Sunday when Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys ...

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