2. Blake Jarwin, Tight End
Heading into the 2020 season the Dallas Cowboys thought they might have found their replacement for perennial Pro Bowl tight end, Jason Witten. The team signed tight end Blake Jarwin to a four-year, $22 million deal.
The highly athletic tight end had been in the shadow of Witten for most of his career in Dallas. The 26-year old was entering his fourth season hoping to finally slip out from the shadow of one of the most beloved players in Cowboys history. The previous year he had only started seven games for a total of 365 receiving yards and three scores through the air.
Unfortunately for Jarwin and fans of America’s Team, the young tight ends year was seemingly ended before it even really got started. The promising player suffered a torn ACL in the teams’ first game of the year against the Los Angeles Rams that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
The Cowboy’s backup tight end Dalton Schultz played admirably in Jarwins’ absence. The 24-year old out of Stanford managed to finish the year as one of the most dependable players on the team with 63 catches for 615 receiving yards to go along with four scores.
However, even with Shultz’s emergence this year it is still likely that Jarwin will take over when he comes back next year. That fact, coupled with the (likely) return of the teams’ starting quarterback Dak Prescott, makes it seem probable that Jarwin will have a great return in 2021.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Blake Jarwin to a contract befitting a starting tight end. Given his rare combination of size and speed at the position and the high ceiling for the offense with Prescott under center, Jarwin is one of the safer bets on this list for a breakout season in 2021 as long as he can remain healthy.