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Witten leads local NFL players' efforts

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 30, 2019 at 10:26 PM

In his 16th NFL season and a year after serving as a “Monday Night Football” analyst, Jason Witten is giving the Dallas Cowboys more production at the tight end position.

The former Elizabethton High School and University of Tennessee star has 26 catches for 263 yards through seven games. That is just one catch behind what Blake Jarwin had all of last season and tied with the number for Geoff Swaim.

The Cowboys had a total of 68 catches from tight ends in the 2018 season. With Witten leading the way, tight ends have accounted for 38 receptions through the first seven games of 2019.

Witten had four catches in the Cowboys’ most recent win, a 37-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas (4-3) had the bye week before playing the New York Giants on Monday. During his bye week, Witten returned to Tennessee to watch his alma mater take a 41-21 win over South Carolina.

Although he’s the Cowboys’ all-time leader in catches (1,178) and receiving yards (12,711), Witten is most pleased with the team success.

“We’re 4-3 and leading the division,” Witten said in the Eagles post-game interview with the Dallas Morning News. “It’s not ideal how we draw it up after three tough losses, but it’s a resilient group who never stops on trying to get things corrected. It feels good going into the bye.”

SENSABAUGH MAKES FIRST STOP

Coty Sensabaugh, the former Dobyns-Bennett High School star, was signed by the Broncos on Oct. 8 and has made appearances in Denver’s last three games.

Sensabaugh’s first game at cornerback for the Broncos saw them defeat his old team, the Tennessee Titans, 16-0 on Oct. 13. The eight-year veteran combined with former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson for his first tackle of the season last Sunday in a 16-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Broncos (2-6) host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday before going into their bye week.

KILGORE MISSES MONDAY NIGHT GAME

Daniel Kilgore, another former Dobyns-Bennett star, started the first five games of the season at center for the Miami Dolphins before hurting his knee in the final seconds against Washington.

The Dolphins team captain, who is in his ninth NFL season, missed his second straight game Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He hopes to be back on the field Sunday when the Dolphins host their AFC East rival New York Jets.

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