Production from the tight end position is primed and ready to drastically improve for the Cowboys in 2021. That’s due in large part to the return of Blake Jarwin, who spent most of 2020 on the sidelines healing from a ravaging ACL tear. Jarwin is steadily progressing back to full health, and he projects to be an invaluable pass-catching piece for Dak Prescott & Co. as he regains his full form.
“I’m excited, and my goal is to be the best I’ve ever been by Day 1 of training camp, and carry that into the season. Let’s just roll from there,” he said this week in an interview on DallasCowboys.com.
Jarwin’s excitement is understandable considering the timing of his Week 1 injury, and a season-long hiatus away from the gridiron has him chomping at the bit to begin making plays in big situations once again. That’s not the only thing that’s got him in an anticipatory mood.
Jarwin’s film roommate, Dalton Schultz, is coming off of a fine 2020 showing in which he hauled in 63 receptions for 615 yards and four touchdowns. The display was even more impressive considering the uncertainty surrounding whom would be flinging passes from under center on a week-to-week basis.
Nonetheless, Schultz was commendable in his first-year as a primary option at the position, and at 24 years of age, his trajectory only projects upwards as he secures more reps with Prescott under his belt.
His offseason training schedule won’t hurt these efforts either. According to Schultz, he’ll be personally attending All-Pro 49ers tight end George Kittle’s “Tight End University” camp this summer.
“I love it,” Schultz exclaimed at OTAs.
“I talked to George last week. I’m going to that as well. I think that’s going to be a great opportunity to just get some general knowledge and some feel on certain techniques that different tight ends throughout the league use.
“Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of talent there and I’m excited to just learn and give back and take as much information and knowledge as I can from that and learn to apply that in my day-to-day. So, yeah. I’m excited. It’s going to be fun.”
Kittle will team up with Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen to host the summit.
And while Schultz can't wait to improve his game under the aforementioned veteran’s tutelage, he and Jarwin are both looking forward to helping each other get better in close quarters.
“I think the No. 1 goal for us is don’t ever get complacent with it,” [Jarwin] said. “We’ve got to push each other. I think we’ve got a good room.”
“Just to see him kind of have that success on the field, I’m just happy for him,” Jarwin said of Schultz. “I’m excited to get back out there and compete with him. I think it’s going to be great for both of us, and I think both of us on the field at the same time will be awesome, as well.”
Schultz echoed a similar sentiment regarding his pass-catching pal.
“I‘m so excited for Blake,” he commented.
“I love working alongside a guy that I can really trust. Obviously we got a few years of work together. He is one of the hardest working guys in the locker room, and we kind of pride ourselves on that in our room of being the grinders that will go in day in and day out and do our part. And I’m so excited to see him back on the field.”
If the two can keep that same unselfish camaraderie, an already potent air-raid brigade could become one that is nearly unstoppable.