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Video: Jason Witten says Panthers QB Cam Newton is great in rushing the ball after catch

Jason Witten, Cam Newton

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten followed the path his quarterback embarked on a year earlier, going right from the field to the broadcast booth. However, as Tony Romo predicts plays with Jim Nantz on CBS, Witten stuck his foot in his mouth alongside Joe Tessitore on Monday Night Football this week.

That’s a video of Witten talking about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton runs after the catch during their matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Yes, Newton often technically catches the ball out of the shotgun formation, but no one had ever referred to those sorts of plays as runs after the catch.

Perhaps Witten was confused because the Panther’s only touchdown of the game to that point had come on a pass not from Newton, but from running back Christian McCaffrey. With four minutes left in the first quarter, McCaffrey hit tight end Chris Manhertz for a fifty-yard score.

Witten played fifteen seasons, all for the Cowboys before transitioning to the booth. He ended his career with 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. While way off base with his “run after catch” comment, Witten was right about Newton’s rushing ability.

Newton’s in his eight seasons, and he’s rushed over 100 times in every season he’s played except for 2016. He surpassed that mark tonight in their 12-9 loss to the Saints. Newton ran five times for 15 total yards, and he threw for only 131 yards with one interception. It’s Carolina’s sixth straight loss and at 6-8 they’re nearly mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Next week they’ll host the Atlanta Falcons before heading to New Orleans for another matchup with the Saints.