Blake Jarwin First Cowboys TE To Win Player Of The Week

Mike Fisher
January 02, 2019 - 10:12 am
Blake Jarwin

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin received the team's championship belt and boxing gloves, the result of his performance in Sunday's 36-25 win at New York. And he is being recognized by the NFL for his efforts, too, as today he's been named NFC Offensive Payer of the Week for his three-TD outburst in Week 17.

"It's a new feeling for me," said Jarwin, an undrafted second-year pro who totaled five TD catches at Oklahoma State but says he never did score as a high school player in Oklahoma. “Especially at this time in the year, it’s great to be going full-speed. It’s great to be part of it, and if I walk away with zero catches and we win the ball game, I’m happy.”

Jarwin, though scored a trio of TDs -- the first of his career, of course -- and in doing so:

*Joined Billy Joe DuPree, who scored three times against St. Louis in 1973, as the only Dallas tight end to ever hit the "hat trick.''

*Became the only tight end in the league to score three touchdowns in a game this season.

*Became the first Cowboys tight end to win the honor.

That's saying something, of course, because of Jason Witten's long tenure here. And in fact, Jarwin's work (he caught seven passes for 119 yards with the three touchdowns) marks the first 100-yard game for a Cowboys tight end since Witten totaled 134 yards in Cleveland in 2016. 

In the Cowboys first 15 games this season, Jarwin had only 20 catches for 188 yards and zero touchdowns. 

Jarwin said he planned to give the game ball from his first career touchdown to a high school friend and teammate who lost his mother to cancer over the weekend. ... a feel-good gesture from a player the Cowboys believe in.

"Great catches, some runs after catch, getting open on that pass scramble," QB Dak Prescott said. "Credit to a guy that's just continuing to get better, that's bought in and is going to have a good career."