Witten: Cowboys focused on winning this year

Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said that nearly all of the team’s players took part in the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason workouts, which started Monday. Most players are still upset over last season’s failure to make the playoffs.

Witten did not discuss the team’s decision to release wide receiver Terrell Owens, but he did say players need to avoid falling into a negative mind-set when adversity of any kind surfaces.

“All of us got a reality check and that was not making the playoffs,” Witten said. “Right now, there are a lot of people working out, which is good, and guys are optimistic. The thing is, we have to stay optimistic.”

Witten said the lack of change on the roster might be a sign that team owner Jerry Jones feels confident with the talent on the team. But that confidence and that talent were in place last season too and it didn’t translate into enough wins.

“It shows that [Jones] believes in our team, but guys need to be motivated to make the playoffs,” Witten said. “They should be. We have to be better as a group. Right now, with the attendance we have [at voluntary workouts], it shows that guys are focused. Now we have to do the right things all offseason and keep that focus and get back to the playoffs.”

Steve Wyche

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