The tight end position is one that has not been all that valuable to football teams, but when a special one is found then he is cherished. The Chiefs are lucky enough to have an amazing talent in tight end Travis Kelce who is arguably the best in the league right now.
To match up against him, the Dallas Cowboys have tight end Blake Jarwin. Jarwin is entering his first season as a starter. This was after sitting behind future Hall of Famer, Jason Witten in 2019. Regardless, Jarwin still made an impact with limited opportunities.
Kelce was able to lead all tight ends in receiving yards and receptions. That helped him become a 2019 second-team All-Pro. Some (including me) may argue that he should have made the first team, but that’s another story.
What makes him special is that he can block too. Maybe he isn’t as good at blocking as tight end George Kittle, but he can get the job done well. That, and his hands are surreal.
Having a stat line of 97 catches for 1227 yards and five touchdowns is very impressive. So good that it belittles both of the Cowboys’ top tight ends combined in 2019. That would be 94 catches for 894 yards and seven touchdowns.
I’m curious to see how Jarwin will play with a bigger role. His 11.8 yards per reception is good, and will likely get better over the next couple of years. The 25-year-old looks promising and has done well with limited opportunities, but just isn’t there yet compared to Kelce.
I think everyone would much rather have Kelce than Jarwin. Kelce is an unbelievable talent that continues to amaze everyone. To be in the conversation with him right now would be an honor.
I am hopeful that two seasons of Jarwin under the wing of Witten showed Jarwin what it takes to be successful in the NFL. Maybe he can emerge into a great tight end in the future. In the meantime, Kelce and the Chiefs run away with this matchup.