FRISCO – There’s a corner in an office in Cowboys tight end Jason Witten’s house that overflows with notebooks. He’s not sure quite how many they total, but he estimates he’s filled a notebook every two or three games in his career.
That’s roughly 75 to 112 notebooks for a 15-year veteran of the league like Witten. Not to mention any scribbles from his college days at Tennessee or his high school games, playing both tight end and linebacker for his coach who was also his grandfather.
Why so many notebooks?
“When it comes to football, it’s pretty organized,” Witten said Thursday from Cowboys minicamp at the Frisco Star. “I just think you can reflect on [the material]. That’s part of our edge as veteran players is how we can draw on that, attack coverages.
“I definitely use those as tools for me to go back on.”
Some of Witten’s scribbles and messages haven’t changed much from 2003 to 2017. A stickler for fundamentals, he’s maintained his level of play and competition by sticking to a similar routine. That’s what allows the 35-year-old to keep pace with the Cowboys’ young guys even in offseason workouts like OTAs and minicamps the last few weeks. Cowboys safety Byron Jones starts deflecting passes? Witten will show the 24-year-old who runs the show. Dak Prescott’s working out with the receivers in July ahead of training camp in Oxnard, California? Count Witten in.
Some of his peers from the league — think Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Doug Free — are stepping away from the game. But Witten spends no time contemplating retirement, he said. He’s all in, and he expects coaches to treat him that way.
“I ask the coaches and…
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