With more catches (87) than star receivers such as Marvin Harrison, Hines Ward, Terrell Owens or Antonio Gates had in 2004, tight end Jason Witten emerged as the Cowboys' go-to receiver, finishing 20 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. Witten, who made the Pro Bowl in his second season, has the bulk (6'5", 261 pounds) to thrive as a blocker and the speed to torch defenders. He's also a clutch player, with 62 of his 122 career catches producing first downs, including 25 in third-down situations.
An Opposing Scout's View: Enemy Lines
This team is missing something, and that's a quarterback. They keep shuttling guys in and out each season, and I don't think Drew Bledsoe is the answer. He can't move, he doesn't have patience, and when he's pressured he looks nonchalant throwing the ball up for grabs. But he's 6'5" and has that cannon, and people always get seduced.... They do have weapons. Julius Jones is powerful, fast and can catch the ball--pretty much the total package. They have two good tight ends in Dan Campbell, who's more of a blocker, and Jason Witten, who can do a little of everything.... Keyshawn Johnson is good as an underneath guy, but Terry Glenn is always hurt. They don't have depth at receiver.... The line has a chance to be outstanding. Marco Rivera is smart, solid and real good in pass protection. Rob Petitti is a 340-pound guy who can move his feet; he's the prototype right tackle if he stays healthy. Some games Flozell Adams looks like a Pro Bowl player, while others he's just average.... Jason Ferguson is probably their best defensive lineman. La'Roi Glover wears down in games, but he can be disruptive.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics
2004 RECORD: 6--10
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total): OFFENSE 20/15/14 DEFENSE 10/21/16
COACH: Bill Parcells; third season with Dallas (154-116-1 in NFL)