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Jason Witten doesn’t doubt his ability to make an impact

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second half at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The last time Jason Witten played, he made a Pro Bowl.

So even though he’s a year removed from the game, he’s confident he can still play well in his return to the Cowboys this year.

“I don’t [have any self doubt], but I also understand that people are going to,” Witten said, via Todd Archer of “I understand that. And hopefully over time they’ll see it, right? That’s the good thing about this game is it always shows. I’ll be ready.

“I know what the expectations are for me and a lot of that stuff will play out on its own. I wouldn’t make a decision like that if I didn’t feel like I couldn’t come in there hand help them. That’s something I thought through a lot before I made that decision [to come back].”

The Cowboys don’t plan to use Witten as an every down player (he’s turning 37 before the season, so that seems wise), meaning the 63 receptions for 560 yards and five touchdowns he posted in 2017 might not be within his reach.