In a recent question and answer interview with The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf, former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Coach Jon Kitna dropped a bombshell in regards to Tight End Blake Jarwin.
“Truly, with him, the sky is the limit. I look at him in the same category — I don’t think he’s there yet, but I think he has a chance to be — Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce.”
I don’t know about you, but I was absolutely floored when I saw Jon Kitna compare Blake Jarwin to Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. Being compared to two of the best TEs in the NFL right now is definitely some high praise, especially for someone who hasn’t even been a starter in the league yet.
In his first three years in the NFL Blake Jarwin has been nothing more than a backup. He’s shown flashes of being a weapon in the passing game, but flashes will only take him so far. Until he can consistently produce it’s more than a little bit of a stretch to compare him to two Super Bowl winning TEs with eight Pro bowl appearances between them.
Jon Kitna of course wasn’t speaking of Jarwin as we know him right now, but what he could turn into now that he’s in line to handle the bulk of the workload now that Jason Witten has moved on to the Oakland Raiders. The Dallas Cowboys must think along the same lines as Kitna as well after recently rewarding him with a contract extension.
Just last week the Dallas Cowboys signed Blake Jarwin to a four-year, $22 million contract. He received $9.25 million in guarantees, $6.25 million of which was fully guaranteed at the signing according to overthecap.com. To me, that shows the Cowboys have faith No. 89 is more than just a backup.
I personally have my concerns with the Dallas Cowboys relying on Blake Jarwin as their starting tight end in 2020, but oddly enough, Jon Kitna’s statement eases those concerns a bit. Let’s just hope he’s right. The Cowboys could definitely use a Zach Ertz/Travis Kelce type of tight end.