It’s now or never for Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin. Not that old man Jason Witten should have ever been an excuse but Jarwin is no longer blocked at the tight end spot. The starting job is his and there’s no competition standing in his way. Is 2020 the year of Blake Jarwin or did Dallas really overpay?
Jarwin at least has the right attitude going into the year:
“I’m excited for the task,” Jarwin said, via the team’s website. “I’m grateful that they believe in me to be the future of the tight end positon. It’s my job to never be content with that. To just say ‘I got a great deal now and I can coast.’ That’s never been my approach and that won’t be approach in the future. Now I have to push myself even harder and prove that I deserve what they gave me.”
Jarwin, 25, is now heading into his 4th NFL season. Over the last two years, the former Oklahoma State product has 58 receptions for 672 yards, and 6 touchdowns. It’s been a whole lot of nothing. If Jarwin was good, wouldn’t he just leap frog old man Witten with ease?
Jarwin has good size (6-foot-5) and decent athleticism for the position. Dallas also clearly believes in him. They gave Jarwin a 4-year deal worth $22 million for no reason. Seriously… based on what was Blake Jarwin worth that? They clearly think that Jarwin will be well worth that when he comes through.
Jarwin is really an X-Factor in this offense. The offensive line is still really good. You have Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield. Add that to the 3 man duo of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. What happens if Dallas actually has a game breaking tight end to go with it? If Jarwin pops, he could really put the Cowboys over the top.
So is 2020 the year of Blake Jarwin? There are other tight ends I would rather take the bet on but I could be wrong. Every year, it seems like someone like Mark Andrews or Darren Waller makes the leap. Jarwin could very well be that guy this year.