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Arnold caught two of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 19-14 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Arnold approached Week 1 with steady praise from his initial practices as a Panther, but the offseason addition didn't make much of an impact in his regular-season debut for Carolina. In fact, backup Ian Thomas finished with more yards than Arnold, picking up 17 on his lone reception Sunday. Following an underwhelming opening performance, it'll be interesting to see whether Arnold gets more involved in Week 2 versus the Saints, one of his former teams.
Sep 13, 2021 5:53 AM EST
Arnold caught all three of his targets for 25 yards in Friday night's 34-9 preseason win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Arnold's receptions all came from starting quarterback Sam Darnold during the first half, putting a bow on a promising first preseason with the Panthers. The veteran addition is now expected to serve as Carolina's starting tight end and is coming off a career-best campaign last term, making him one to watch going into Week 1's matchup against the Jets.
Aug 28, 2021 7:08 AM EST
Arnold made his Panthers debut but was not targeted on any of his eight snaps in Saturday's 20-3 preseason loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Arnold sat out Carolina's exhibition opener but got a small taste of the action this weekend. With consistently positive reviews of his performance during training camp, Arnold's stock is on the rise heading into the upcoming campaign, and he'll perhaps get to show his stuff more in Friday's preseason finale versus the Steelers, when coach Matt Rhule hopes to play his starters for about a half.
Aug 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Arnold did not suit up for the Panthers' first preseason tilt against the Colts on Sunday, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Analysis: Arnold has made some strong impressions during training camp, so much so that he has put himself in a position to start for the Panthers this season. Starters usually get the first week of preseason off, which hints at the team's plans for the fifth-year pro. We should get a first-hand look at the chemistry developing between Sam Darnold and Arnold as the preseason progresses.
Aug 15, 2021 3:13 PM EST
Arnold has been one of the standout performers in Panthers training camp, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Arnold has reportedly 'caught everything thrown to him' as he rejoins Carolina's offensive coordinator Joe Brady after previously spending time with him in New Orleans. The 6-6, 240-pounder signed with the Panthers this offseason after a career-best campaign with the Cardinals last year, and although his blocking can stand to improve, his familiarity and pass-catching prowess could add an extra dimension to Brady's scheme. Overall, that makes Arnold a worthwhile option to monitor in the buildup to the regular season.
Aug 9, 2021 5:50 AM EST
Arnold has shown a good connection with quarterback Sam Darnold during training camp, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Arnold was signed this spring to improve a tight-end position that hardly produced for coordinator Joe Brady last season. The 26-year-old is fresh off career highs with the Cardinals, and despite switching teams for the third time, has reportedly quickly built a rapport with his new quarterback. Although the Panthers' top three weapons of Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore and Robby Anderson should dominate the touches, Arnold has a good chance to emerge as the team's fourth option this season.
Aug 6, 2021 6:25 AM EST
Arnold is eager for his opportunity to take on a bigger role with the Panthers, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Arnold signed a two-year deal with Carolina this offseason after posting a career-best 31 catches on 45 targets for 438 yards and four touchdowns for the Cardinals last term. Although it'll be the formerly undrafted Arnold's third team in five years, the 26-year-old's upward trajectory has him anticipated to start at tight end, where the Panthers got little help from Ian Thomas in 2020. Rookie third-rounder Tommy Tremble also joins Arnold and Thomas ahead of the upcoming campaign, as coordinator Joe Brady has emphasized getting more production from the position. However, with Arnold leading the group and getting more comfortable with quarterback Sam Darnold over OTAs and minicamp, he's embraced his chance for a larger role in his new setting, making him one to watch in advance of the 2021 campaign.
Jul 7, 2021 7:59 AM EST
The Panthers and Arnold agreed to a two-year contract Friday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports reports.
Analysis: Since the Cardinals plucked him off waivers in December 2019, Arnold developed a nice connection with Kyler Murray, reeling in 37 of 55 passes for 540 yards and six touchdowns in 19 games. Such production equates to an impressive 9.8 yards per target, with 16.2 percent of his catches going for scores. Arnold will slot in at the top of the Panthers' tight end depth chart.
Mar 19, 2021 6:30 PM EST
Arnold recorded 31 receptions (on 45 targets) for 438 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games during the 2020 season.
Analysis: Arnold paced position mates Maxx Williams, Darrell Daniels and Seth DeValve in all statistical categories, including offensive snaps (470 of 1,131, or 41.6 percent). On top of that, Arnold ranked third on the team in receiving yards and TD catches, and fifth in receptions and targets. His 14.1 YPC ranked first among qualified tight ends, a shade ahead of Rob Gronkowski's 13.8. Arnold enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, so it'll be interesting to see if the Cardinals retain him, or he takes his services elsewhere.
Jan 22, 2021 9:08 PM EST
Arnold (back) was a full participant during the Cardinals' practice Thursday.
Analysis: Arnold was limited with a back issue last Friday, and he was handed a questionable designation heading into the Cardinals' Week 16 matchup against the 49ers. He fielded his third-highest offensive snap total of the season in that contest, however, collecting three catches and 25 yards while coughing up one fumble to the opposition. Now back to full-go in practice, the 25-year-old looks to be in the clear for an upcoming regular-season finale against the Rams.
Dec 31, 2020 5:04 PM EST
Arnold (back) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Arnold was questionable for last week's matchup against the Cardinals due to this back injury. He managed to suit up and play 36 snaps on offense, his highest snap count since Week 2. With a limited practice to start the week, Arnold should play in Sunday's season finale against the Rams as long as he avoids a setback.
Dec 30, 2020 7:19 PM EST
Arnold recorded three catches (on five targets) for 25 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 20-12 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: It was anything but a clean game for Arnold, who coughed the ball up at the end of a 11-yard grab in the third quarter. He also was evaluated for a head injury during the contest but was able to return to the field. With Maxx Williams (ankle) sidelined, Arnold paced Cardinals tight ends by logging 36 of 82 offensive snaps, with Darrell Daniels handling 30 and Seth DeValve earning 19. Among that group, Arnold is consistently looked at by Kyler Murray (leg), but his four scores are offset by just three games of 50-plus yards, making him TD-dependent.
Dec 27, 2020 2:16 PM EST
Arnold (back) is active for Saturday's contest against the 49ers.
Analysis: Arnold made a last-minute appearance on the Cardinals' injury report this week, being listed as limited Thursday and questionable for this game. Still, he'll gut out his back issue and may even earn a bit more work with Maxx Williams (ankle) sidelined. Arizona's available tight ends Week 16 are Arnold, Darrell Daniels and Seth DeValve.
Dec 26, 2020 12:15 PM EST
Arnold is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the 49ers with a back injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Arnold didn't appear on the Cardinals' first two injury reports of Week 16 before being listed as a limited participant at Thursday's session due to the back issue. With Arnold's status for Saturday's game now muddled, the Cardinals are lacking in healthy bodies at tight end. The other two options at the position currently on the 53-man roster -- Darrell Daniels and Maxx Williams -- are also listed as questionable with hamstring and ankle injuries, respectively.
Dec 24, 2020 2:09 PM EST
Arnold caught three of five passes for 54 yards during Sunday's 33-26 victory versus the Eagles.
Analysis: Arnold has been on a bit of a roll over the last five games, averaging 18.1 YPC and 9.6 YPT and scoring four touchdowns on his 17 targets. Two of his three catches Sunday went for 20 or more yards, which brings him to four total over the last three contests. Arnold will look to continue his connection with Kyler Murray in the final two outings of the season.
Dec 21, 2020 7:01 PM EST
Arnold gathered in two of four targets for 27 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 26-7 road victory versus the Giants.
Analysis: Arnold showed promise as a red-zone threat in three appearances to close out last season, scoring two TDs on 10 targets. However, he was kept out of the end zone through his first nine appearances and on his first 21 targets of the current campaign before tallying his first score Week 11. Including that four-yard grab, Arnold has posted a 6-109-4 line on 11 targets over the last three and a half games. Considering the rapport he's developed with Kyler Murray of late and his standing as the receiving tight end in the Cardinals offense, Arnold has a bit of sway as the team looks to lock down a playoff berth.
Dec 14, 2020 6:42 PM EST
Arnold caught two of three targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Talk about making the most of your opportunities. Arnold didn't see much volume, but a 59-yard TD grab early in the first quarter and a two-yard touchdown late in the fourth bookended the scoring for both teams on the afternoon. Despite the big performance, Arnold hasn't seen more than four targets in a game all season, making him a risky option in Week 14 against a Giants defense that just stifled Russell Wilson and the Seattle passing game in an upset win.
Dec 6, 2020 6:05 PM EST
Arnold (knee) was a full practice participant Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Arnold increased his activity from Wednesday's limited session, clearing him to play through a knee injury Sunday versus the Rams. Having said that, he's the nominal No. 2 tight end behind Maxx Williams in Arizona, so Arnold's production is hit or miss on a weekly basis.
Dec 3, 2020 4:08 PM EST
Arnold (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: In the five games in which Maxx Williams has been available this season -- Week 1, plus Weeks 9 through 12 -- Arnold has had a wide range of offensive snap shares (26-55 percent). The result has been nine catches for 92 yards and one touchdown on 12 targets for Arnold. While the production is nothing to write home about, it's far more than what Williams has produced (a 5-43-1 line on seven targets). Assuming he's out there Sunday against the Rams, Arnold is the best bet among Cardinals tight ends to make an impact in the box score.
Dec 2, 2020 5:25 PM EST
Arnold gathered in one of three passes for 17 yards during Sunday's 20-17 defeat at New England.
Analysis: Arnold continues to be a distant second to Maxx Williams among Cardinals tight ends in usage. In this contest, Arnold played 36 percent of the offensive snaps to Williams' 72 percent (practice squad callup Evan Baylis handled 30). Having said that, Arnold is more reliable as a receiver, recording multiple catches in five of his 10 appearances this season. Meanwhile, Williams has five receptions in his five outings.
Nov 30, 2020 8:09 PM EST
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