Tight end Jason Witten was glad to see the Cowboys offense move, even with only four catches from Dez Bryant, against the Giants.
But he does not expect that to be necessary often.
“I’m sure teams are going to try and take him out of the game, but we’ll find ways, just like we did last year and have done for the last four years, of getting the ball in his hands,” Witten said.
Bryant got eight targets in the season opener from quarterback Tony Romo. But he was rarely targeted deep, as the Giants chose to keep a safety on him to help the cornerback.
“At some point, teams are going to do other things,” Witten said. “I mean, he plays physical, he’s going to be aggressive. I’m sure they’re going to find different ways to get the ball in his hands. That’s when he’s most dangerous. Just like so many other good receivers in the league, you have to work at it. He’ll get a lot of opportunities. Those’ll come.”
Romo and the Cowboys were able to remain patient through the air, and Witten said that was a key to moving the ball despite the limited contributions from Bryant, who last year caught 92 passes.
“We talked about underneath throws and finding ways to stay ahead of the down and distance,” Witten said. “I think that’s the reason why we had 74 plays and had 37 minutes of offense, was because we took what they were giving us. There’s going to be times for a big strike. Any time you have an opportunity to throw it up to 88, you’re going to have a chance to come down with it. I think we’ll have plenty of big plays.”
-- Carlos Mendez