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Is TE Blake Jarwin the Answer or Stop Gap for the Dallas Cowboys?

Can Blake Jarwin live up to his potential and hype?

Blake Jarwin has had one heck of an offseason. Not only was he promoted from backup to starter, but he also received a four-year $22 million contract extension from the Dallas Cowboys to go along with his new title. This is a move a lot of Cowboys Nation has wanted to see for a few years now, however, it isn’t a risk-free one.

Sadly, there is still a lot of unknown about how Blake Jarwin will do as a full-time starter. He’s had to play second fiddle as a backup the past couple of seasons, showing flashes in the limited playing time he has received. It’s those flashes though the Cowboys and fans alike are hoping they see on a more consistent basis with increased playing time.

To date, Jarwin is averaging about 30 catches for around 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the past two years with the Dallas Cowboys. That’s not too shabby considering he only played 35.87% of the offensive snaps in 2018 and 38.72% in 2019. As a full-time starter now, his playing time should more than double in 2020.

Blake Jarwin
Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin

The increased playing time and the amount of weapons around him make Blake Jarwin in intriguing breakout player for the Dallas Cowboys this season. He could very well take a Michael Gallup like leap in 2020. Jarwin’s untapped potential has a lot of fans salivating, but he may have just one year to prove he’s the answer and not just a stop gap.

As much as I like Blake Jarwin, and I do, the 2021 tight end draft class is one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. I know the Dallas Cowboys just handed out a pretty big chunk of change to secure Jarwin’s services for the next four years, but if he doesn’t produce as expected that could prompt the Cowboys to look elsewhere for Jason Witten’s replacement.

2020 could quite possibly be Blake Jarwin’s only chance to prove he’s a starting caliber tight end in the NFL. Consistency is going to be key for him as it is for any starting player at any position. If he can do what he did with limited reps on a regular basis, he has the potential to join the ranks of some of the difference making tight ends around the league.

How do you think Blake Jarwin will do as a full-time starter?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Brian i really like what I’ve seen from Jarwin though the sample size is pretty small. He seems to have some burst and after the catch ability . Maybe a poor man’s Jay Novacek (I wish). He’s a littie undersized and blocking could be compromised but definitely another weapon for Dak. By the way has a QB ever had such an array of weapons at their disposal. From the WRs to the RBs to the TE this team is loaded with playmakers. If Dak doesn’t have a monster yr with this group that’s all on him.

    • Gary, there is definitely a reason to be excited about Jarwin’s potential. As a receiving TE he could end up finishing is one of the more productive ones this season. As a blocker though, he definitely needs to improve that area of his game.

      And you’re right… Dak isn’t lacking in the playmaker department. The only other QB I can think of off the top of my head who had as many weapons at his disposal is Kurt Warner, better known as the Greatest Show on Turf.

      • Mahomes has had quite a bit of help too. He would not be nearly as great as people think without his weapons and coaching.

        • John, that’s an interesting thought. There is no denying his arm talent, but he has had some very good weapons at his disposal since he became the Chiefs starting QB. It does make you wonder whether or not he’d be as good with less talent around him.

        • I could equally argue that Mahomes makes those around him look better. What his abilities do is allow receivers who may not be pure route runners get away with some sloppiness because he can throw them open, scramble and give them the ability to rely on the God-given athleticism, extend plays (providing the WR’s even more time to get open), and defenders have to cover every inch of the field no matter where they think he’s looking. Dude is a freak and legit!

  2. I hope he’s the answer. Jason Witten was always nice to my kids when we met so he was always my favorite. I’m hopeful Jarwin can be our receiving TE and willing to give him a shot. I’m intrigued by our two Free Agent TEs, as Dalton Schultz hasn’t stood out.

    • Howard, I’d be a little concerned if Jason Witten wasn’t one of your favorites LOL. He’s a true class act both on and off the field. I’m just hoping Jarwin soaked up as much info from him as possible.

  3. Ask me again in about 6 months? He’s pretty much being thrown into the fire and though he has been reasonably groomed, its still a bit of a pressure-cooker for him to produce this year. I like what he’s shown as a receiver and he says all the right things. So long as we don’t expect Pro Bowl caliber play, I think we’ll be pleased with him. I don’t require “numbers” from him as much as I want to see him “threaten” defenses …

    • Bill, I think it really all depends on how he’s utilized. He shouldn’t be asked to do the same things Jason Witten did. If they use him mostly as a receiving threat I think he will be just fine.

  4. Bill I agree about Mahomes dude is amazing, reminds me of a in his prime Aaron Rodgers with his escapability and ability to throw on the run with pinpoint accuracy. Helps to have Tyreke Evans and Travis Kelce to throw to though. Those two QBs along with R Wison and L Jackson have the ability to beat you with legs or arm. Just have great pocket presence and seem to have that six sense. Wish Dak had more of that he runs into way too many sacks and is actually much more slow footed then any of those other guys.

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