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    How Much do we Really Know About TE Blake Jarwin?

    One of the biggest debates of this 2021 season is whether or not the should be considering Florida Tight End with their 1st-round pick. Opponents of this idea site Blake Jarwin as a key reason why Dallas doesn't need the elite TE prospect. But what exactly is this faith in Jarwin based on?

    After finally claiming the starting job in 2020, Jarwin's season didn't last a full game. He suffered a major ACL in Week One against the and was out the rest of the year following surgery.

    Before this, Jarwin was stuck behind 's farewell parade float in 2019. During Witten's temporary in 2018, Blake had to fight his way into the conversation against veteran and 4th-round rookie .

    When Swaim got injured in Week 11, Jarwin started to emerge as the superior prospect to Schultz. In the finale against the , Blake exploded for three touchdowns and 119 yards to earn Offensive Player of the Week.

    Now it's 2021 and Jarwin is still cashing checks off that one exceptional performance. Despite a quiet 2019 (365 yards and 3 TDs) and a lost season in 2020, many still have high confidence in Blake's ability to be an explosive weapon as a starter in the Cowboys' .

    This projection may be entirely accurate. Jarwin is big, athletic, and has flashed his receiving skills at various points. But between going undrafted in 2017 and turning 27 this July, Blake's only ever given us flashes and that one big day in New York to put our faith in.

    That's why others in are baffled at the opinion that taking Kyle Pitts would be foolish. We're not talking about adding Pitts to an established stud like Travis Kelce or Darren Waller, or making him play second fiddle to an aging legend.

    Blake Jarwin is six years older than Kyle Pitts and has yet to deliver on whatever potential you've seen in him. And I promise you, no matter how high you think Jarwin's ceiling is, any objective observer will admit that Pitts' is considerably higher.

    If your argument against drafting Pitts is that Dallas' has bigger needs elsewhere on the roster then that's perfectly fair. If your argument's that Jarwin and Dalton Schultz provide good insurance and solidity at tight for 2021 then that case can also be made.

    But don't tell me that Blake Jarwin, coming off ACL surgery and having never done it, has earned some unchallengeable right to the Cowboys' starting TE job. I wish him all the best and hope he does blow up in 2021, but he's hardly done enough to make you pass on one of the best prospects to come along in decades.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    James Altice

    Very true about Jarwin, but one thing for sure if offense doesn’t have enough weapons already we have a serious Dak problem I still believe Dak is inconsistent can’t read a defense well. Just like in basketball you can have 5 best scorers in history but on every play there is only one ball. If we get Pitts and he is a great player it will eventually cause player’s to complain about they aren’t getting enough throws and there is someone we need to get involved Zeke or let him go! Defense needs serious help especially at corner and overrated Linebackers Smith is a big liability and we could have got Wright immediate upgrade but stupid Jerry won’t let Smith be shown up. Jerry is worst GM in league we have become a afterthought, so keep buying tickets and jerseys etc. That’s what he cares about. I am a diehard fan but I’m sick of Jerry

    sparkman

    I know he wasn’t drafted in the first round.

    ThrowuptheX88

    Even if you’re confident Jarwin will bounce back 100% (I’m not) , can you tell me with 100% certainty Gallup will be back after this year ?

    If you wait till there’s a need , then you’re one step behind , you can argue CB or LB is more of a need rn , but i can easily say TE or WR could and might very well be a need in the future ,

    If Schultz and Gallup go , then Jarwin will be our only TE which we have no idea about post ACL injury , Ceedee and a injury prone and older Cooper , and a unknown in Ced Wilson ,

    We took Ceedee last year and still got Diggs , what’s to say that wouldn’t happen again with Pitts ?

    Randy

    If you recall, last year, the media, so-called draft experts and some fans said Dallas “needed” to draft a TE. I argued the point believing Jarwin, was indeed the solution and Schultz would be a viable backup. Obviously that plan and idea went to hell-in-a-handbasket in week 1 when Jarwin went down. It was nice to see Schultz develop in a quality TE as the season progressed. Fast forward to this year and honestly I don’t hear the same clamor for TE being a need this year. Sure yeah, we have 10 picks, Get one somewhere to see if he can become your 3rd. But of late, the chatter and the groundswell for Pitts at 10 has become a low rumble. Not everybody bounces back to 100% after an ACL and even if he does, I am now convinced that Pitts is the best option at #10. I am not in favor of a trade-up scenario We knew Dallas liked Dak but he was never projected as a high draft pick and went about where he was projected. We weren’t talking about his DUI. if he is there you take him. This is a deep CB draft and there are excellent prospects in every round. Taking the best offensive player in the draft and 8-9 defensive picks after that is a sound strategy to me.

    Randy

    Don’t know what happened but some other comments got cut and pasted in about Dak. I can’t remove them.

    Troy Tucker

    Short of someone like Trey Lance (that is a whole other conversation)or Jamarr Chase falling to number 10, Kyle Pitts would be a no-brainer.
    Could you imagine the offense using a run-and-shoot style vertical passing scheme. Good Lord, it’s got Madden written all over. To see a team so loaded would be freaking scary.
    You can’t cover everybody . Elliott would get those nasty delayed handoffs up the middle for 20 yards. Plus he can be put out wide and be a legitimate target. On top of having four other number one Targets on the field at the same time. It’s mind-boggling .
    Ponder this one. Your offensive line does not have to protect you as well when you have so many number one targets to throw to. Someone’s going to get open quick. They just need to give Prescott 2.5 seconds.
    That’s doable when there would only be maybe one linebacker on the field . Probably very little blitzing. I like five on four. Because the linebacker might be a safety.
    That combo of players and system would be ridiculous. Maybe better than the’Greatest Show on Turf’.
    Remember when Warren Moon had four receivers with a thousand yards? Could you imagine five and a thousand yard rusher? Blake jarwin who? If you could get a generational Talent like Kyle Pitts you would be a damn fool not to. Would you even be scared if you thought you were going to miss him and try to move up two spots or even 6? BECAUSE you’re paranoid to miss out on a generational type player? He is that good. And oh yeah Blake jarwin will be a great TE2. A really good backup.
    If Pitts falls to 10 I could see old Jerruh breaking his hip sprinting to the phone and calling that one in his damn-self.
    But we’ll see,there’s a real strategy behind gathering up those compensatory picks. They are tradable. It would not be that tough of a climb to jump 2, 4 or even 6 spots. Of course your trade partner has to want to move down. I really think the Falcons are wanting to gather picks so they can rebuild quickly. And give themselves another Super Bowl run with Matt Ryan.
    Maybe they could pick up a late-round quarterback. A Sam Ehlinger , Kyler Trask type quarterback and develop him.
    There’s always going to be Camp cuts and on the cheap free agents who didn’t get signed before the draft if you need bodies. They probably could be signed in line with day 2 draftees type salary.
    They have 10 picks and years of deferred to work with. You have to go for it and throw some real draft capital at talent Like Pitts.
    A good Matador knows when it’s time to stick it in, go for the heart. I hope Jerry is feeling me right now….. Just a thought…..

    Ethan L Chazin

    The reason this team struggled last season is, the defense was historically bad. Historically! They were ranked 31st on overall defense, out of 32 teams. They gave up more points than any other season in the team’s 60 year history and allowed 158 yards per game. The team’s horrible 2020 season was NOT b/c of the TE play (thank you, Dalton Schultz!) I understand Gallup will likely be gone after next season. And I still don’t want Pitts. Give me the “unsexy” (whatever that means) Surtain or Horn CB pick in RD1, then Richie Grant FS RD1, and then DT-1 RD 3, then LB/DE. This team needs ballers at all 3 levels of the defense!!!

    Brad

    Man I know it’s hard to pass on pitts.but give me break man what u just hoping every game ends up like the falcon game this year we’re they score 39 but we score 40.the offense is loaded.u have to go very heavy on defense.u will not win a Super Bowl with a defense that is one of the top 3 worst in the league.how many weapons does dak need to post 8-8.honestly dak considered a top 10 QB because w have no defense.he puts up a lot of yards and points when we’re playing from behind.he’s not a Wilson or Rodgers who will elevate the players around him.hes a give him a bunch of weapons and great O-line and maybe he can finish couple game past 500.Also jerry Jones needs to hire a general manager.the man keep showing he cares more about ticket sales then winning championships then all of us die hard fans should stop watching.see if he don’t fire himself real quick .the man just got richer while people in Texas were literally freezing to death.didn’t try to help.I’ve had enough of jerry Jones .hell just for the simple fact he fired jimmy johnson over pride.and now that same pride is keeping jimmy johnson out the ring of honor.Dallas biggest problem will always be jerry Jones .why we have a terrible head coach who hurt his team in about every way last year.long as he lets jerry be jerry then he’s allowed to be incompetent.the man won 1 Super Bowl with one of the best QBs to play the position.then that QB help run him out of town.

    Brad

    Idk how good pitts is u can’t keep drafting offense while ur Defense is one of the worst in the league that’s just bad team management.if you are gonna draft offense.then draft a Offense lineman so maybe we can dominate the time of possession with a run game like 2014 with DeMarco Murray.cause that actually helps the defense stay of the field.

    Brad

    Excuse me probably 2016

    Benjamin J Miller

    FINALLY a guy that gets it! Pitts is a generational talent. Schultz showed last year he is a serviceable, middle of the pack TE. A team can win with him. Jarwin projects well but is unproven. A team wins BECAUSE of talent like Pitts. You don’t turn down the opportunity to get a guy like that. Like Kelce he is a game changer. Add to that with Pitts Dallas would not have to break the bank to keep Gallup. They would also have the chance to get rid of Cooper’s cal hit in 2022. Pitts not only would give Dallas other roster options/flexibility, they would add a potentially transcendent talent. If he’s there at 6, Dallas needs to figure out how to get him.

    Chris King

    Remember what Moss did to the NFL? Imagine the Eagles or Giants picking this kid after we pass on him!

    ThrowuptheX88

    My point exactly Chris King


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