The Philadelphia Eagles recently tried to sign Dallas tight end Blake Jarwin away from the Cowboys’ practice squad, according to multiple reports. The Eagles’ attempt was unsuccessful, though, since the Cowboys promoted Jarwin to their active roster.
It’s interesting that the Eagles wanted to add Jarwin to their roster. Philadelphia is already carrying three tight ends on the roster (Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton) and one on the practice squad (Billy Brown) so it’s not like the position is a big need.
Perhaps the Eagles liked his blocking ability. It also probably doesn’t hurt that the Eagles play the Cowboys in a few weeks in Week 11.
Jarwin played a hybrid fullback/tight end role at Oklahoma State. Here’s a description of Jarwin’s strengths from his NFL.com scouting report.
Used everywhere -- in-line, as a wing, from the slot, and split wide. Smooth acceleration into routes. Operated underneath for Oklahoma State, but has the athleticism to threaten downfield. Crisp in his route work. Snaps routes off quickly and works back to the throw. Tough over the middle and fights for contested catches. Good flexibility to twist and adjust to throws. Excellent leaper who can go get it. Focus drops from 2015 became catches in 2016. Immediate north-south runner after the catch. Can drag tackles for extra yardage. Instinctive lead blocker who makes good reads. Can adjust to moving targets on second level.
The Eagles showed some interest in Jarwin leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. Philadelphia tight end coach Justin Peelle put him through a workout at his pro day.
Jarwin went undrafted, however, and ultimately signed with the Cowboys. Now he’s on their active roster after spending time on the practice squad.
The Eagles don’t currently have an open roster spot, but they will whenever they officially place Jordan Hicks on injured reserve. It remains to be seen what they’ll do with that vacancy. For now, we know they won’t be adding Jarwin.