NFL Notes: Witten defends Romo's work ethic, new contract

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NFL Notes: Witten defends Romo's work ethic, new contract
May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Jason Witten has made a Pro Bowl career out of being Tony Romo's go-to-guy on the field. Now, the Cowboys' tight end is backing up his quarterback off of it.

When asked about Romo's involvement in game-planning next season, Witten didn't shy away from crediting his quarterback's work ethic.

"I’ve always felt like Tony was very involved in the process of the plays and our scheme, how we attacked,” Witten told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, via ProFootballTalk.

“I think in any organization where you have an elite quarterback like that, you want him to feel comfortable. I think that’s something we’ve always tried to do, and it sounds like we’re going to continue to do that.”

Following a season that saw him compile a 90.5 quarterback rating while throwing for nearly 5,000 yards, Romo was awarded a massive six-year, $108 million dollar contract extension.

“Sometimes maybe more is made of that than it is,” Witten said. “I know he understands the expectations to play that position, probably even more so now after the contract than ever before."

"I think that’s something he embraces and says, ‘Hey, let’s get this started.’ I think we’re all excited. But we all know at this point, our actions will speak a lot louder than anything we say or talk about.”

Joeckel impressing in camp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is going through an awkward stage.

His hand placement, foot stagger and set balance seem strange -- all part of his transition from left to right tackle.

He might feel a bit off, but he looks just fine.

Joeckel has been downright dominant through two days of rookie minicamp, showing exactly why the Jaguars selected him with the second overall pick in last week's NFL draft.

He hasn't allowed a sack or even a pressure in team drills. It shouldn't be much of a surprise because he's going against undrafted rookies and tryout players. But it's surely a good start for a former Texas A&M standout, playing a somewhat different position for the first time in years.

"It's feeling a lot better than I thought it would," Joeckel said following another rain-soaked practice Saturday. "My set felt a lot cleaner today and my first step felt a little bit faster today. It's going to be a process, but it's moving along pretty well."

The Jaguars already have Joeckel locked into a starting role this fall, with hopes that he will help solidify an offensive line that allowed 50 sacks last season (see full story).

--The Associated Press

Daryl Washington arrested
PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested Friday after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington posted $4,200 bond and was released following his initial court appearance after he had been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.

A probable cause statement released by Phoenix police said Washington's ex-girlfriend claimed he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground following an argument at her apartment Wednesday.

The woman told police that Washington also pushed her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone, according to court documents (see full story).

--The Associated Press

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