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Jason Witten will go down as one of the best tight ends to ever lace up his cleats in the NFL, and after a year away from the game, he's coming out of retirement to take one last shot at winning a Super Bowl with the Cowboys.
But the question is, will Witten be the same player grown accustomed to seeing on the field? Well, the regular season receiving yards prop bet for Witten, available on FanDuel Sportsbook, puts his over/under total at 470.5 yards – a number he's surpassed in 14 of his 15 seasons in the league. The only misnomer was his 2003 rookie season when he caught 35 passes for 347 yards.
Jason Witten's regular season receiving yards O/U: 470.5— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) March 3, 2019
Will it be or for Witten in his return to the field?
That's right, 14 straight seasons with 560 yards or more receiving. Of note, the 560-yard season was his final year with the Cowboys in 2017.
This prop bet provides an extremely unique situation for gamblers. On one hand, Witten only missed this yards total one time over the course of his 15-year career, which features 11 Pro-Bowl appearances and two All-Pro nods, but he also spent last season out of football, he'll be 37 years old by the time the season starts and who knows what his out-of-NFL conditioning looked like.
Beyond the tight end's receiving yards, there are also prop bets on FanDuel Sportsbook pertaining to his touchdown production.
How many regular season TDs will Jason Witten have next season? 樂— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) March 3, 2019
Witten has been a red-zone machine over the course of his career, racking up 68 regular season touchdowns. He has scored five or more touchdowns in eight seasons, and at least three in his last eight campaigns with the Cowboys. Dak Prescott threw four touchdowns to the tight end position last season, three to Blake Jarwin and one to Geoff Swaim, and with plus odds throughout this prop, there's almost no wrong way to go with Witten.
Witten's one-season absence from playing in the NFL could go either way. He could benefit from having a year away from the game, or age could finally catch up to him, and the future Hall of Fame tight end could take a major step backward. It's hard to tell with a player with his track record, but you simply can't ignore just how consistent Witten has been during his illustrious NFL career.
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