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: 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

Dan Arnold: Reels in two passes

Arnold caught two of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 30-15 win over the Football Team.

Analysis: With Maxx Williams (ankle) sitting out, Arnold was the unequivocal No. 1 TE heading into Week 2. He logged 73 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and he finished tied for third in targets. It's worth keeping an eye on his target share moving forward, especially since Williams was placed on IR and will miss three more weeks.

September 22, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Poised for larger role

Arnold could see more playing time with fellow tight end Maxx Williams (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Arnold played 55 percent of snaps to Williams' 52 percent in a Week 1 win over San Francisco, drawing only two targets despite running a route on 30 of Kyler Murray's 51 dropbacks (59 percent). While DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyan Drake, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald all figure to be bigger priorities in the Arizona offense, Arnold could prove useful in deep fantasy leagues.

September 18, 2020 12:34 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Makes two catches Week 1

Arnold reeled in both of his targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 24-20 victory in San Francisco.

Analysis: Considered something of a deep sleeper entering 2020 after scoring two TDs in three games to close last season, Arnold was targeted between the 20s in this contest. On a positive note, he got the start and earned two more offensive snaps (45 versus 43) than veteran tight end Maxx Williams, who didn't corral either of his two targets. Expect Arnold to be the most relevant Cardinals TE in terms of fantasy moving forward, but as his Week 1 stat line revealed, he'll be a hit or miss option.

September 14, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Top receiving TE in Arizona

Arnold has been the Cardinals' top receiving tight end during training camp, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: During his time in New Orleans, the undrafted wide receiver spent his rookie season in 2017 on injured reserve before switching to tight end during the 2018 offseason. That said, he recorded just 14 catches in 12 games with the Saints before they waived him last December. The Cardinals scooped Arnold up, and he struck up an instant rapport with Kyler Murray, corralling six of 10 targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns in three contests. Arnold doesn't have much competition for targets in his position group, and No. 1 TE Maxx Williams currently is tending to an undisclosed issue, which raises his profile further in Arizona's ascending offense.

August 25, 2020 4:03 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Flashes in brief stint with team

Arnold posted six receptions (on 10 targets) for 102 yards and two touchdowns in three games with the Cardinals in 2019.

Analysis: A late-season pickup off waivers, Arnold made his presence felt, which cannot be said for the other TEs employed by the Cards this season. Both Charles Clay (calf) and Maxx Williams barely surpassed 200 receiving yards while playing entire campaigns (sans Week 17 for the former). Looking at the efficiency metrics in Arnold's brief career to date -- 8.4 YPT and three TDs on 33 targets in 15 games between Arizona and New Orleans -- Arnold has flashed receiving talent in two locales that promote it. With Clay set for unrestricted free agency in March, Arnold and Williams are set to serve as the team's top tight ends next year, assuming no other additions at the position.

January 9, 2020 5:49 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Makes one catch Sunday

Arnold gathered in one of three passes for 20 yards during Sunday's 27-13 victory at Seattle.

Analysis: Both Arnold and Darrell Daniels, the Cardinals' reserve tight ends, experienced an uptick in usage due to Charles Clay's early departure due to a knee issue. While he was third in offensive snaps (18 of 69) behind Maxx Williams (45) and Daniels (23), Arnold's three targets matched that of the duo combined. Kyler Murray expressed a positive sentiment toward Arnold after hooking up for a six-yard TD in Week 15, but the rookie QB suffered a mild hamstring injury this past Sunday, placing a cloud over their burgeoning rapport.

December 23, 2019 2:09 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Scores in debut in desert

Arnold tallied a six-yard touchdown reception during Sunday's 38-24 win versus the Browns.

Analysis: Ten days removed from the Cardinals claiming him off waivers from the Saints, Arnold suited up for the first time with the team and made an immediate impression, despite being a distant third in terms of offensive snap share at his position. Charles Clay (70 percent) and Maxx Williams (66) led the way, but Arnold made his one target count while playing 11 (of 61) snaps on offense. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray spoke highly of Arnold afterward, telling Katherine Fitzgerald and Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, "I've never had a guy that big that can do what he can do." The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Arnold may just be able to carve out a niche as a red-zone threat during the final two games of the season.

December 16, 2019 5:54 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Plucked by Cards

The Cardinals claimed Arnold off waivers Thursday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Cut loose by the Saints this week, Arnold immediately finds a new home. On the season, Maxx Williams and Charles Clay have almost evenly split the TE snaps for the Cardinals (41.5 percent versus 41.0 percent of the snaps on offense, respectively). As a result, Arnold may not be much more than a depth option, if he's a part of the game-day roster at all, moving forward.

December 5, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Let go by New Orleans

Arnold was waived by the Saints on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Arnold was promoted from the practice squad in mid-October but was a healthy scratch for the last four games. The 24-year-old is a candidate to rejoin the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

December 4, 2019 6:44 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Won't play Week 12

Arnold (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's clash with the Panthers.

Analysis: It will be the third consecutive game that Arnold will be healthy scratched. The Saints will instead roll with Jared Cook, Josh Hill and Jason Vander Laan as their tight ends for Week 12.

November 24, 2019 8:57 AM EST

Dan Arnold: Sitting out again

Arnold (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Arnold is a healthy scratch for the second straight game. In the two contests he's suited up this year, Arnold hauled in two of four targets for 25 scoreless yards.

November 17, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Dan Arnold: Joining Saints' practice squad

Arnold signed with the Saints' practice squad Sunday, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Arnold was waived Saturday, but will be able to stick around in New Orleans after going unclaimed. The Saints seem comfortable with Jared Cook and Josh Hill as their two options at tight end. Arnold appeared in 10 games last season with New Orleans, catching 12 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.

September 1, 2019 1:01 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Finds end zone in preseason opener

Arnold caught two of three targets for 27 yards and a touchdown during Friday's 34-25 preseason loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Arnold finished third on the team in receiving yards and tied for third in targets, punctuating his performance with an 18-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was an impressive preseason debut for Arnold, who currently sits third on the depth chart behind Jared Cook and Josh Hill. Neither of his aforementioned teammates contributed in this one, but they should combine for a sizable share of the snaps in the next contest against the Chargers.

August 9, 2019 9:34 PM EST

Dan Arnold: Competing for roster spot

Arnold is competing for a roster spot, Sean Fazende of FOX 8 Sports reports.

Analysis: With Jared Cook and Josh Hill are locked into roster spots, there seems to be a competition brewing for the No. 3 role behind them. Joining Arnold in that endeavor is Garrett Griffin and seventh-round rookie Alize Mack. It seems to be a wide-open race at this point and only training camp will decide the victor. In 10 games with the Saints in 2018, Arnold caught 12 of 19 targets for 150 yards and one touchdown.

June 26, 2019 10:43 AM EST

Dan Arnold: Catches 12 passes in 2018

Arnold hauled in 12 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown while appearing in 10 games in 2018.

Analysis: Arnold spent his rookie year on injured reserve in 2017 after going undrafted out of division three Wisconsin-Platteville. He transitioned to tight end this offseason and flashed some potential for New Orleans. He'll look to continue improving at the position and work his way up the depth chart in 2019.

January 22, 2019 11:27 AM EST

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