Dan Arnold

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #85
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #85

Dan Arnold News

Plays two snaps ahead of cuts

Arnold played just two first-half snaps and wasn't targeted in Saturday's 28-12 preseason loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Arnold topped Jacksonville's tight end depth chart down the stretch last season after being acquired from Carolina via trade, but he's definitely behind offseason acquisition Evan Engram at this point, and Chris Manhertz seems to also have surpassed Arnold for the No. 2 spot. Arnold didn't do anything to bolster his case to make the team Saturday, but it would be surprising if he got cut, even with 2021 fifth-round pick Luke Farrell also in the mix for a spot at at tight end.

Aug 27, 2022 4:43 PM EST

Finishes season on sideline

Arnold (knee) wasn't among the players added to Jacksonville's roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Colts.

Analysis: Though Jacksonville restored Arnold from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, the tight end ultimately wasn't able to demonstrate enough progress in his recovery from an MCL sprain to gain clearance from injured reserve. He'll conclude the season with six straight absences, but he should head into the offseason as Jacksonville's No. 1 tight end after turning in a 28-324-0 receiving line on 41 targets over eight games following his acquisition from Carolina in late September. The Jaguars could still look to the draft or free-agent market to provide competition at the position, so Arnold may still have to fight for a starting job during training camp in 2022.

Jan 9, 2022 5:51 AM EST

Back from COVID list

The Jaguars have activated Arnold (knee) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, returning him to injured reserve/designated for return.

Analysis: Arnold was placed on the COVID list shortly after being designated to return to practice, and he's now cleared the league's health and safety protocols. Sunday's regular-season finale against the Colts will serve as Arnold's last opportunity to take the field this season, but he will first need to prove he's fully overcome his knee injury and be added back to the active roster.

Jan 5, 2022 7:17 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

Arnold (knee) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Arnold was designated to return from injured reserve last week but must now also contend with the COVID-19 protocols. The 26-year-old will need to clear said protocols before returning to the practice field, so it's more unlikely he'll be able to rejoin the active roster ahead of Sunday's game at New England.

Dec 27, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Designated for return

The Jaguars have designated Arnold (knee) for return from IR, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Jacksonville will now have a 21-day window to add Arnold to the active roster, during which time he can participate in practice activities. A sprained MCL has caused Arnold to miss the last three games, but he could be eligible to retake the field as early as Sunday's contest against the Jets. Once fully healthy, Arnold projects to retake the No. 1 tight end role from James O'Shaughnessy.

Dec 22, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Headed to IR

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Arnold (knee) will be placed on injured reserve, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Arnold sustained a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and he has a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks. He'll be forced to miss at least three games due to the injury, and the 26-year-old could be sidelined for the remainder of the season. James O'Shaughnessy is in line to serve as the Jaguars' top tight end while Arnold is sidelined, while Chris Manhertz should also see additional work.

Nov 29, 2021 10:54 AM EST

Could be done for the year

Arnold (knee) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks due to an MCL sprain suffered during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars haven't yet confirmed the severity and details of Arnold's injury, but it looks like the starting tight end is set for a stint on IR. If Arnold's recovery timetable ends up being on the latter end of 4-to-6 weeks, he could even end up being shut down for the rest of the 2021 regular season. In any case, James O'Shaughnessy will stand to step into the No. 1 role at tight end if Arnold indeed misses time, while Chris Manhertz would also be primed to see increased opportunities.

Nov 29, 2021 7:45 AM EST

Injures knee Sunday

Arnold was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a knee injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Arnold caught his only target for nine yards. In his absence, James O'Shaughnessy and Chris Manhertz are available to handle the Jaguars' Week 12 tight end duties.

Nov 28, 2021 10:56 AM EST

Disappears entirely

Arnold drew zero targets against San Francisco on Sunday.

Analysis: Arnold had been one of the most targeted tight ends in the league in the five games before this one, a span in which he drew 38 targets, so his disappearance here is puzzling. If the Jaguars activate James O'Shaughnessy (ankle) from IR then Arnold's abrupt disappearance could prove somewhat permanent. O'Shaughnessy drew nine of his own targets on just 56 snaps before suffering his ankle injury in Week 2.

Nov 21, 2021 2:13 PM EST

Remains involved in loss

Arnold secured five of seven targets for 67 yards in the Jaguars' 23-17 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: The journeyman tight end continued to prove an excellent fit in the Jaguars' passing attack, notching team highs in receptions and receiving yards while checking in second in targets. Arnold now has between four and eight receptions and at least 60 yards in each of his last three games, keeping him viable in all formats for a Week 11 home matchup against the 49ers.

Nov 14, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Effective on seven targets

Arnold caught four passes for 60 yards on seven targets against Buffalo on Sunday.

Analysis: Arnold was arguably Jacksonville's most effective player on offense, leading the offense in all receiving categories and offering the Jaguars some semblance of a pass-catching threat on a day where the Jaguars passing game threw for just 151 yards on 28 attempts. The season-ending injury to DJ Chark left Arnold as Jacksonville's only pass catcher with any height or reach, and so far it's resulted in consistent usage for Arnold most weeks.

Nov 7, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Busy in blowout loss

Arnold caught eight receptions for 68 yards on 10 targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Arnold was by far the most effective target for Jacksonville on Sunday, but that's not saying much in a game where quarterback Trevor Lawrence averaged just 4.4 yards per pass on 54 attempts. Arnold should continue to see his target volume benefit from Jacksonville badly lacking pass catchers while playing from behind early in nearly every game. In PPR scoring especially Arnold could be surprisingly useful going forward, though a Week 9 matchup with Buffalo is not encouraging.

Oct 31, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Quiet day in London

Arnold caught two of five targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Arnold played 62 percent of the offensive snaps and was Jacksonville's lone tight end to receive more than one target. The five targets ranked fourth on the team while QB Trevor Lawrence attempted 41 passes, so he's clearly not a priority in the passing game. Arnold is clearly operating as the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end and could have some streaming value with the team likely to play from behind most weeks, though he certainly shouldn't be considered a regular fantasy option.

Oct 18, 2021 9:35 AM EST

Leads team in receiving

Arnold caught six of eight targets for 64 yards against Tennessee on Sunday.

Analysis: Arnold lost a fumble early in the game, but the 37-19 final score implies it didn't play much of a role in the loss. More importantly than the fumble, Arnold led the Jaguars in all receiving categories -- tying Jamal Agnew for six receptions and eight targets, but producing 23 more yards than Agnew did (41). Particularly in light of the Week 4 injury to DJ Chark (ankle), the Jaguars should continue sending the ball in Arnold's direction. Jacksonville sees Miami in Week 6.

Oct 10, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Two receptions in team debut

Arnold brought in both his targets for 29 yards in the Jaguars' 24-21 loss to the Bengals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Arnold took the field just three days after being traded to the Jaguars from the Panthers, and the veteran tight ended finished second in receiving yards to Laviska Shenault on the his new squad. Arnold has multiple catches in all four games he's played this season between Carolina and Jacksonville, and he'll now have some extra time to get a grasp on his new playbook ahead of a Week 5 matchup against the Titans a week from Sunday.

Sep 30, 2021 9:45 PM EST

Officially dealt to Jaguars

Arnold was traded from the Panthers to the Jaguars on Monday in exchange for CB CJ Henderson and a fifth-round pick.

Analysis: Arnold had a modest role in the Panthers' offense early in the year after signing a two-year deal with the team during the offseason. He brought in seven of 11 targets for 84 yards across the first three weeks of the season, but he'll now have a chance to carve out a larger role in the Jaguars' offense, especially while James O'Shaugnessy (ankle) is on injured reserve.

Sep 27, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Likely being traded to Jacksonville

The Panthers are expected to trade Arnold to Jacksonville in a deal that includes Jaguars CB C.J. Henderson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Arnold didn't have much competition for TE targets in Carolina, but he also wasn't needed for a large role, seeing 11 targets on 38.5 percent snap share through three weeks. He could get more playing time in Jacksonville, as the Jaguars are arguably even weaker than the Panthers at tight end, plus they're more likely to be forced into catch-up mode -- which is when a blocking-challenged TE like Arnold is more likely to see snaps and targets. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Jaguars were in the mix to sign Arnold back in March before he ultimately agreed to terms with Carolina.

Sep 27, 2021 7:02 AM EST

Catches two passes

Arnold caught two of four targets for 23 yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Arnold's only unsuccessful targets came on tight-window throws while taking hits down the seam. Although he's had at least two catches in each game this season, Arnold hasn't enjoyed his signature performance as a Panther yet. In fact, he still played fewer snaps Thursday than fellow tight end Ian Thomas, and rookie Tommy Tremble actually performed the best of the group, finishing with 37 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Carolina's depth at the position has hurt Arnold's upside, but he'll nonetheless strive to remain involved as a pass-catcher in Week 4 versus the Cowboys.

Sep 24, 2021 7:16 AM EST

Strong showing Sunday

Arnold caught three of four targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints.

Analysis: The tight end didn't see much target volume against his former club, but Arnold made his chances count, hauling in passes of 19, 19 and 17 yards in the first half to help the Panthers build a 17-0 lead. After a quiet showing in Carolina's opener, the San Darnold-D. Arnold connection appears to be gaining some momentum heading into Thursday's clash with a Texans defense that just coughed up 11 catches for 107 yards to Cleveland's tight ends.

Sep 19, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Just two catches

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

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