Should Jason Witten receive fewer snaps?
Is it time to give Jason Witten fewer snaps? At Dallas News, I take a look at Witten’s production and decreased usage.
Whatever the reason for Witten’s struggles, it looked like Jason Garrett began to utilize Witten differently against the Bucs on Sunday. Despite being a game-time decision in the Cowboys’ opener, Witten was out in a route on 82.0 percent of his pass snaps against the Giants and Seahawks in the Cowboys’ first two games. In Week 3, that number dropped to 72.1 percent.
Game situations of course play a factor in Garrett’s play-calling, but we’ve also seen far more “11” personnel from the Cowboys this year—one running back, one tight end, and three receivers. Actually, the Cowboys have had at least three receivers on the field on a staggering 53.5 percent of their non-quarterback kneel-downs through the season’s initial three weeks. From 2009 to 2011, the rate of three-plus receiver sets was only 40 percent.