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Jason Witten 2009 Pass Attempt Breakdown

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In studying the breakdown of pass attempts to Roy Williams, Miles Austin, and Patrick Crayton, we noticed that all three receivers flourished over the middle of the field.  Crayton led the way with a ridiculous 14.48 yards-per-attempt and 74.1% completion rate.  Austin wasn’t far behind, averaging 11.43 yards-per-attempt and hauling in 70.0% of balls, and Williams checked in with a respectable 10.87 yards-per-attempt (albeit with just a 52.2% completion rate).

These results really didn’t surprise us, as Crayton is a prototypical slot receiver whose skill set is best fit for the position.  In our opinion, Crayton still has an important role in Dallas.

Today, we will take a look at tight end Jason Witten’s 2009 pass breakdown.  Like the receivers, we would expect Witten’s numbers to be best over the middle of the field.  There, he is right at home and often exploiting a mismatch on a smaller or slower linebacker.

As you can see in the graph to the left, this is just the case.  In fact, Witten was far superior over the middle of the field in 2009, averaging a gaudy 10.48 yards-per-attempt–over twice as many yards as on the right side of the field.

The number is lower than all three receivers, but perhaps more impressive–Witten is asked to run shorter routes and, as a tight end, his yards-after-catch will never be stellar.

Even more eye-opening is Witten’s 81.7% completion rate over the middle.  He caught 49 of 60 balls thrown his way in that area.  Although routes run over the middle of the field are generally of the shorter variety, an 81.7% completion rate in any area of the field is outstanding.

In case you were wondering, 48% of pass attempts to Witten came in the middle of the field, 32% on the right side, and just 20% on the left.

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