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November 28, 2011

After two first-half shutouts, even Jason Witten reminds himself to stay cool

Jason Witten is as veteran as they come. But even the seven-time Pro Bowl tight end says he has to remind himself to keep his poise.

He’s been shut out in the first half of each of the past two games, and that’s not something he’s used to.

“We’re always talking to the young guys about poise. That was something we had to do ourselves,” Witten said of himself and quarterback Tony Romo following last week’s 20-19 victory against Miami. “I didn’t have a catch in the first half. It was something you’re not used to having. A couple of picks that were different looks for him. You keep your poise. That’s what winners do.”

Witten was held without a catch in the first half at Washington but came back with three catches for 85 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown catch. Against Miami, Witten again had no catches in the first half but finished with four for 43 yards.

“That last two weeks, it’s been tough to get things going,” Witten said. “They were familiar with us, and they did a good job, and there really wasn’t a whole lot of options.”

Witten has 56 catches for 713 yards and five touchdowns, numbers that have him on a pace for 81 catches for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns – pretty typical for him.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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