Jason Garrett: Jason Witten looks like he never retired
Jason Witten’s year off of football apparently did not negatively affect him.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett attended the team’s annual “Taste of the Cowboys” to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. According to Cowboys reporter Rob Phillips, Garrett said Witten has looked good during the team’s voluntary offseason program and looks like the same player before his retirement.
Cowboys are now in Phase 2 of the voluntary offseason program. How does Jason Witten look? “Really hasn’t skipped a beat,” Jason Garrett said at annual Taste of the Cowboys benefiting @ntfb. “Looks the same. Looks fast, looks quick, looks flexible.” #cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) May 6, 2019
Witten retired after the 2017 season and was hired by ESPN to serve as an analyst on “Monday Night Football.” His transition to broadcasting did not go well and was magnified by ex-teammate Tony Romo’s ascendance in the same capacity. After a season of criticism as a broadcaster, the tight end announced in late February he would return to the Cowboys.
Garrett praising Witten as a player is not too surprising considering he was trying to convince the veteran to un-retire all last season.
Even at age 35, Witten was still getting it done in 2017. He had 63 catches for 560 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also played in all 16 games per season since 2004.