Countdown to Camp: Tight End

Jason Witten and a healthy Dan Campbell return to lead a unit that has plenty of talent and depth entering the start of training camp.

TIGHT END: Starter -- Jason Witten. Backups -- Dan Campbell, Brett Pierce, Sean Ryan, Jeff Robinson, Tony Curtis.

Tight end Jason Witten emerged as a star last season, catching a team-high 87 catches for 980 yards and six touchdowns. It was the most yards and catches recorded by a tight end in team history, earning Witten a trip to the Pro Bowl.

The position will be bolstered in 2005 with the return of Dan Campbell, who missed most of 2004 with a foot injury. Campbell is one of the league's best blockers and did all the dirty work in Dallas.

The Texas A&M product was back on the field for the team's only mini-camp of the offseason, showing no lingering effects of the foot injury that cut short his season last year. Not surprisingly, he manhandled several LBs and DBs repeatedly in blocking drills. He also looked crisp in his route running.

"I think I can present match up problems, sure," Witten said earlier this summer. "And now with Dan (Campbell) back and healthy, we can do even more than what happened last year."

Sean Ryan is a servicable back up that showed big-play ability during mini-camp. Jeff Robinson is the team's long snapper, who has also excelled in goal line situations.

Rookie Tony Curtis has good size and was given the largest signing bonus of any undrafted free agent, but he struggled during mini-camp dropping passes.

With the one-two punch of Witten and Campbell, not to mention the plethora of depth behind them, the Cowboys have one of the deepest groups of tight ends in the entire league.

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