Swaim, Jarwin, Rico Gathers and Dalton Schultz are all competing to replace the retired Jason Witten atop the depth chart. Swaim has the edge in experience and probably as a blocker, while Jarwin offers more potential as a pass catcher. The Oklahoma State product latched on with Dallas as an undrafted rookie last year, spending seven weeks on the practice squad before he was called up to the 53-man roster in late October. Jarwin was a healthy scratch for all but one game, logging three snaps on offense Week 10 in Atlanta. He'll likely get some work with the first-team offense during training camp and the preseason.
Jarwin could see a significant increase in snaps with Jason Witten moving to the broadcast booth, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.
In the wake of Witten's retirement, it's Jarwin and not Rico Gathers (concussion/jaw) who's been drawing the most praise from the coaching staff and front office. Jarwin suited up for only one game as an undrafted rookie last year, and his college career -- 41 catches in 28 games at Oklahoma State -- doesn't hint at a player who's going to suddenly blossom as a standout pass catcher. The 23-year-old does fit the mold of recent Cowboys depth tight ends who were versatile enough to handle both blocking and receiving assignments without tipping the offense's hand with respect to run/pass play selection. Barring the addition of a veteran free agent tight end, Jarwin has the opportunity to inherit a lot of snaps, though it's a longer shot that he'll be able to turn them into useful fantasy production. Geoff Swaim (knee), Gathers, fourth-round rookie Dalton Schultz and undrafted rookie David Wells will also compete for snaps during training camp.
The Cowboys will bolster their tight end depth this week by adding Jarwin, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State, to the active roster. In a corresponding move the team parted ways with quarterback Kellen Moore.