The Dallas Cowboys are heading in a new direction this season. The Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett as the team’s newest head coach. Dallas also saw stalwarts Travis Frederick (retirement) and Jason Witten (free agency) depart in the offseason.
The Cowboys are relying on several young stars to help them reach the postseason. One of those players is tight end Blake Jarwin. The former Oklahoma State product was a valuable role player, but now he steps into a starting role.
Jarwin is ready for the challenge. He posted 31 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns in seven starts last season. He averaged 11.8 yards per catch and recorded 17 first downs in 16 games.
In an interview with Cowboys team reporter Nick Eatman, the talented tight end hopes to put together a solid 2020 season.
“I’m excited for the task,” Jarwin said. “I’m grateful that they believe in me to be the future of the tight end position. 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.”
The Cowboys signed Jarwin as an unrestricted free agent in 2017. He worked his way onto the roster and showed flashes of solid production. He was a reliable option for Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott and really came into his own down the stretch last season.
Jarwin had strong games against the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14 and Week 15. Against the Bears, Jarwin had six catches for 50 yards. A week later, he had 40 yards at home against the Rams.
The Cowboys felt comfortable with his performance. They rewarded him with a four-year deal worth up to $24.25 million.
“I’m fully confident in myself to be a full-time playmaker in this league,” Jarwin told CBS Sports after the 2019 season. “I feel like I’m in pretty good shape right now and I can make a lot of big plays, but I think I can be even better. It’s my job to get back to work, hit it hard and watch a lot of film.”
CBS Sports writer Patrik Walker is also a strong believer in Jarwin. He listed Jarwin as one of the Cowboys breakout players heading into the season. Walker felt that Jarwin is a good fit for offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s system.
“He was nothing short of gracious to have had a chance to learn from one of the best to ever play the game, but the reality on the field was Jarwin had proven himself more dynamic and better at tearing off yards after the catch,” Walker said. “That makes him a dangerous weapon for McCarthy and Kellen Moore in a West Coast capacity because he’s always just one missed tackle from a big gainer.”
Witten is also proud of his former teammate. Jarwin said that he reached out to congratulate him on the role and to offer any advice if needed.
“He just told me ‘good luck, I’m excited for you,” Jarwin said. “What an awesome opportunity this is for you.’ He just wants to make sure I don’t take anything for granted and push myself daily. That means a lot. For a guy like that to reach out. To have that friendship between us still, it’s awesome.”