After the initial evaluation, the Cowboys fear Blake Jarwin’s season is finished with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports. Jarwin will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Jarwin had one catch for 12 yards before leaving with his non-contact injury. Dalton Schultz and Blake Bell are the only other tight ends on the team’s roster, so the Cowboys will have to find another tight end, the story said. Fantasy owners should start looking for other options.
It seems like good news for Elliott, running the ball in a spread out offense - and defense. As the story also said, it allows them to be less predictable at the same time. In the past, when the Cowboys would bring in an extra tight end or fullback, teams would load the box to stop Elliott. If opponents choose to put eight or nine in the box now, they’ll be at a significant disadvantage defending all of Dallas’ weapons on the perimeter.
Cowboys Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones believes in tight end Blake Jarwin. "Certainly [Jarwin is] getting to spread his wings now, whether it's Coach McCarthy, the offensive staff, his teammates, he keeps showing up out there. ... He's just -- he's really coming in to his own, and nothing would surprise me with him in terms of what his production could be this year," said Jones. "He just keeps getting better."
Jones also said that Jarwin's rapport with QB Dak Prescott is "outstanding."
Blake Jarwin has received overwhelming support from the Cowboys and fantasy players alike. Jarwin should be able to carve out a sizable role with Dallas as the deep and talented wide receiver and running back groups create space and demand attention.
"If you are a receiving-only threat, you had better do more than 1.9 catches per game to justify the money that has been written in his deal as largely a pay-as-you-play," said Sturm. "So while they sort of married him, there are avenues for a divorce if 2020 doesn’t feature a 50-catch, 500-yard year with some strong blocking grades."
Jarwin signed a four-year contract worth $22 million, including $9.25 million guaranteed and a max of $24.25 million.
Blake Jarwin has been a fantasy hype train running full-steam ahead. The Cowboys offense has a handful of offensive weapons that could see their numbers spike, and Jarwin is among them with little competition at the tight end position. Sturm mentioned that despite the long-term contract, the majority of guaranteed money will be paid out 2020, leaving Jarwin in a 'show me' position entering the season.