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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jason Witten says Cowboys need wide receiver to ‘step up’

Jason Witten

Jason Witten thinks one of the big keys to the Dallas Cowboys’ offense this season will be who emerges among the wide receivers.

Witten surprisingly retired during the offseason to take a broadcasting job with ESPN. With his departure and Dez Bryant’s, the Cowboys lost their two most-targeted players in the passing game. Now Witten says the Cowboys need one of their receivers to step up.

Witten made his comments during an ESPN “Monday Night Football” telecast of the Jets-Redskins preseason game on Thursday. Cowboys reporter Jon Machota transcribed the former tight end’s thoughts.

“Look, they got to have someone in this wide receiver group step up,” Witten said. “The receiving corps, they are really embracing this challenge they have by saying, OK, you think we’re a bunch of no-names, we’re going to see. But this is a tough division … It’s going to be a tough challenge for them, but they’re embracing that. They feel like making it Dak-friendly is something that’s important for them.”

The Cowboys have Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley returning. They signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson and acquired Tavon Austin in a trade with the Rams. Third-round draft pick Michael Gallup could also make some noise.

But if there’s one receiver who is going to step up this season for Dallas, Dak Prescott may have already hinted at the answer.

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