Dan Arnold

Dan Arnold

Wide Receiver #85
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 225 lb.
College:Wisconsin-Platteville
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Dan Arnold: Puts up career campaign

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.

January 22, 2021 9:08 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Full-go Thursday

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.

December 31, 2020 5:04 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Back on injury report

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.

December 30, 2020 7:19 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Makes three more catches Saturday

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.

December 27, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Active Week 16

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.

December 26, 2020 12:15 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Iffy for Saturday with back injury

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.

December 24, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Three more catches Week 15

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.

December 21, 2020 7:01 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Makes another end-zone visit

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.

December 14, 2020 6:42 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Snags two TDs in loss

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.

December 6, 2020 6:05 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Practices in full Thursday

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.

December 3, 2020 4:08 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Limited in practice Wednesday

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.

December 2, 2020 5:25 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Scoops up one reception

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.

November 30, 2020 8:09 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Records first TD of season

Arnold notched a four-yard touchdown on two targets during Thursday's 28-21 defeat at Seattle.

Analysis: The Cardinals claimed Arnold off waivers late last season, and he proceeded to score two TDs on 10 targets over the final three games. He seemed to develop a rapport with Kyler Murray in a short time span, but Arnold needed nine appearances this year before he made his first visit to the end zone. Arnold has taken a back seat to Maxx Williams since the veteran returned from IR in Week 9, resulting in a 6-54-1 line on seven targets over the last three outings. With not much volume to speak, Arnold requires big plays or touchdowns to make a weekly impact.

November 21, 2020 7:23 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Snags four passes Week 10

Arnold notched four catches (on four targets) for 34 yards during Sunday's 32-30 victory versus the Bills.

Analysis: Arnold was a close second in snaps on offense (35 of 73) to Maxx Williams (39) among Cardinals tight ends, with Darrell Daniels (14) bringing up the rear. Both Williams and Daniels were listed as limited on Monday's estimated injury report with ankle injuries, so Arnold is the healthiest of the group as the team begins preparations for Thursday's game in Seattle. Consequently, Arnold could serve as the No. 1 option at the position for Kyler Murray this week, depending on how Williams and Daniels progress through their health concerns.

November 16, 2020 6:20 PM EST

Dan Arnold: One catch in Week 9 loss

Arnold hauled in his lone target for a 16-yard reception during Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Arnold was coming off a season best 57-yard receiving outing from his last game Week 7 against the Seahawks, but another quiet production day makes it three out of four. The 25-year-old averaged 24.3 receiving yards per game over the first quarter of the regular season, but he proceeded to go untargeted on a combined 53 snaps Weeks 5 and 6. With Darrell Daniels securing a 21-yard TD pass from Kyler Murray on Sunday, Arnold finds himself playing second fiddle at the tight end position.

November 10, 2020 6:15 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Posts 57 yards receiving

Arnold notched two catches (on three targets) for 57 yards during Sunday's 37-34 overtime win against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Fellow tight end Darrell Daniels started and led his position mates with a 51-percent share of the snaps on offense, but he also didn't haul in his only target. Meanwhile, Arnold received 25 percent of those plays, had the longest play from scrimmage for the Cardinals and finally surpassed 50 yards receiving for the first time in seven appearances this season. Considering the uneven nature of his contributions to date, he's difficult to trust for production, but perhaps Sunday's performance will get him back in the good graces of coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray.

October 26, 2020 6:16 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Has fallen to No. 2 TE

Arnold earned 26 of 62 snaps on offense (42 percent) and logged four special-teams plays during Monday's 38-10 win against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Arnold has been operating as the Cardinals' No. 2 tight end behind Darrell Daniels of late, which has resulted in no targets in back-to-back games. Granted, Arnold missed out on one Monday when an incomplete pass from Kyler Murray was nullified by a defensive pass interference penalty. With a 9-97-0 line on 12 targets through six contests, it's safe to say Arnold isn't a key part of Arizona's passing game.

October 20, 2020 3:59 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Less usage Week 5

Arnold played 27 of 75 snaps on offense during Sunday's 30-10 road win against the Jets.

Analysis: Prior to Sunday, Arnold earned at least 50 percent of the offensive plays in each of the Cardinals' first four games of the season. That said, he was second fiddle to TE Darrell Daniels (50) in the category Week 5 and wasn't even targeted. It bears watching whether Arnold will be able to parlay his preseason hype into in-season output, but his lack of TDs this year after scoring twice in the final three contests of 2019 indicates he isn't a major piece of Arizona's offense.

October 13, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Makes four catches Sunday

Arnold hauled in all four targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss in Carolina.

Analysis: With a 25-yard catch in the third quarter, Arnold accounted for the Cardinals' second-longest play of the game. It also helped him put up his most-productive stat line of the young season, but the positive vibes around Arnold entering Week 1 have yet to yield fruit in Arizona's offense. In any case, he'll look to continue to improve as he and his teammates prepare to visit the Jets on Sunday.

October 6, 2020 9:53 AM EST

Dan Arnold: Down week against Lions

Arnold hauled in one of his two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: The Wisconsin-Platteville standout did not enjoy prolific outings in Weeks 1 or 2, either, but he was capable of recording multiple receptions and at least 21 receiving yards in each of those contests. Week 3 marked a down week not only in terms of Arnold's statistical production but also in regards to his usage, as he logged a season-low 31 offensive snaps (his previous season-low being 45). Arnold's upcoming matchup against Carolina is not a particularly appealing one, as the Panthers have allowed 108 total receiving yards and no touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season.

September 29, 2020 4:51 PM EST

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