Cowboys’ veteran TE Jason Witten said he has not ruled out the possibility of playing in 2020, but he must “prove” he can still contribute this season.
“I think it’s still up in the air,” Witten said, via Ryan Osborne and Mike Leslie of WFAA Sports. “You’ve got to let it play out. Look, it’s a show me game, and I approach it like I’m a rookie because those 1,100 catches don’t matter. I truly feel I’ve got to prove it, and not with a chip on my shoulder or anything like that, but you’ve got to go show it. That’s the challenge.”
Witten said he still has “gas in the tank” and believes it’s important to prove he can still play at a high level.
“I know what kind of standards I put for myself. The last thing I want to do is be a bad version of that coming back. I knew when you make a decision like that, it’s not to just come back. The most important thing I can do in this return is be the best football player I can be,” said Witten. “I think there’s some gas in the tank.”
- Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes the Cowboys did a good job of drafting for needs a year out.
- The Cowboys drafted OL Connor McGovern and DT Trysten Hill as potential insurance for C Travis Frederick, who is recovering from illness, and 2019 free-agent OT La’el Collins and 2020 free-agent DT Maliek Collins.
“I understand he’s got a job to do, I’ve got a job to do,” Jones said via Art Stapleton. “We’re gonna do the best we can to help the Giants win as many football games as we can, and certainly, with whatever my role is.”
According to Bleacher Reports’ Matt Miller, the Giants leaked multiple plans for the No. 6 overall pick to different reporters in order to conceal their plan to draft Jones. However, Miller said the consensus around the league was Giants GM Dave Gettleman panicked and took Jones too early.
“There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks,” said an executive for an AFC team. “We run mock drafts and run through the scenarios and I hadn’t heard of one team that wanted Jones other than them.”
The same executive said the smart move would have been to take a pass rusher at No. 6 and then trade up for Jones, though he doubts Gettleman would have had to.
- Undrafted free agent LB Josiah Tauaefa received a $15,000 signing bonus and $95,000 in guaranteed base salary. (Jordan Raanan)
- Undrafted free agent S Mark McLaurin received a $10,000 signing bonus and $20,000 in guaranteed base salary.
- Undrafted free agent S Jacob Thieneman received a $4,000 signing bonus and $10,000 in guaranteed base salary.
Trading up for DE Montez Sweat at No. 26 was a no-brainer move for the Redskins with how high he was on their draft board.