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August 22, 2013

Witten spells out what Cowboys offense wants out of Saturday night against Bengals

Jason Witten laid out what he hopes the Cowboys offense can accomplish Saturday night against the Bengals.

“We need to protect the football,” he said Thursday night after the Cowboys’ public practice at AT&T Stadium, their first action of the summer at their home field. “We didn’t do a very good job of that. It’s something we’ve talked about all off-season doing. Hopefully we’ll move the ball, get in the end zone, be productive and put more than one drive together. That’s what we want to do.”

He said it won’t be easy against Mike Zimmer’s Bengals defense, which also figures to play its first-teamers the majority of the game.

“Good defense up there in Cincinnati with Coach Zimmer,” he said. “It’ll be tough for us, but this will be the time to get everything tuned up and get some confidence going into the Giants game.”

Witten, entering his 11th season, said the Silver and Blue Debut always reminds him that the season is near.

“You always know it’s just right around the corner when you’re here,” he said. “To see the excitement and the fans and the alumni, you get that feeling. Every year, as a player, it’s always that time you know you’re getting close. This is kind of the kickoff for that.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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