The Dallas Cowboys tight end battle is shaping up to be an interesting competition to watch heading into training camp this year. It’s by far the most variable position battle on offense this year and it extends from TE1 all the way to TE4.
While the upper tier is settled, we don’t know how the snaps will be divided or how the roles will be split. The next two spots are even more mysterious with three challengers and no clear-cut favorite.
The Dallas Cowboys will have a fun battle to watch when the tight ends get to camp later this month
With training camp less than two weeks away, let’s review the players battling it out at tight end and make some predictions as to how it will all shake out.
Blake Jarwin is the favorite for the TE1 spot but that doesn’t mean he’ll be handed the job. After tearing up his knee in Week 1 last year, we don’t even know if he’ll be full go when camp opens. When healthy, he’s an explosive pass catching weapon for the Dallas Cowboys. But is he healthy?
Blake Jarwin operates down the seam at a level we haven’t seen in years (decades even). His long stride, tremendous catch radius, and deceiving speed make him a threat after the catch at multiple levels of the field. He’s flashed big plays the last two seasons and seems primed to breakout in 2021.
Having never received more tha 39% of the snaps in a single season, we haven’t seen Jarwin produce numbers in volume. But his efficiency stats are strong and he’s one of the best red zone weapons on the team so it stands to reason all he needs is opportunity and he’ll run with it.
The only thing holding Jarwin back (besides his recovery) is his blocking ability. Jarwin is a poor inline blocker and is better served flexed out in the slot. If the Dallas Cowboys want to put their players in the best position to win, they should probably stick to this script when dividing snaps.