• Dan Arnold

  • TE
  • , Carolina Panthers
  • 26
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
HC Matt Rhule singled out returning vet Ian Thomas as having “a tremendous offseason,” but Arnold is still in the mix to run the most routes at the position after the Panthers gave him the sixth-most guaranteed money in this year’s free agent class. The converted receiver has 4.68 speed and has generated 1.58 yards per route run (per PFF) over the last three seasons. That equals Robert Tonyan’s production from last season, the 12th-best in the league at the tight end position.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR TE Dan Arnold - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Dan Arnold settled into a nice role with the Cardinals last season with a modest 31 catches, 438 yards and four touchdowns. He now joins a Panthers offense with an open spot at the position and has said to local reporters that he joined Carolina expected a large role in the passing game. Arnold was quietly TE13 over the second half of last season and is getting very little interest in draft circles. His current ADP is TE36 and he’s available in the late 23rd round – so essentially free. Most importantly, his new quarterback is named Sam Darnold. So we’ll get Darnold throwing to D. Arnold. That has to count for something.

Fantasy Downside

The Panthers have a lot of receiving options, including Christian McCaffrey coming out of the backfield, so there may not be enough volume for Arnold to put up fantasy points. Also, he gets a pretty big downgrade at quarterback going from Kyler Murray to Darnold, even if Darnold shows massive improvement over his Jets days. Arnold also has to contend with holdover Ian Thomas and rookie Tommy Tremble for tight end snaps, although Thomas and Tremble both profile more as blockers than receivers. With Arnold, it’s the opposite.

2021 Bottom Line

Arnold is worth a dart throw in any league where drafters are taking three tight ends. He’s available at the very end of all drafts and has TE1 upside. Every year, we hope for some low-profile tight ends to rise to the top, so if you can’t snag a good one early on, and decide three late guys are the answer, Arnold is worth being the third of those three.

2021 Strength of Schedule - CAR

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
4
NYJ
9
NO
31
@HOU
28
@DAL
23
PHI
29
MIN
27
@NYG
22
@ATL
3
NE
2
@ARI
26
WAS
7
@MIA
BYE22
ATL
11
@BUF
19
TB
9
@NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
1NYJ26033.0000000.000.62.633/6451.6%
2NO3550418.3300000.005.58.522/7628.9%
3@HOU2230411.5000000.002.34.327/7337.0%
Per game2.3328.0003.6712.0000000.002.805.1327.33/71.0039.17%
Totals78401112.0000000.008.415.482/21339.17%

Previous Games vs. DAL

SeasonWeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCSTDPPRSnaps%
20206@DAL00000.0000000.000.00.026/6241.94%
201813@DAL2200210.0000000.002.04.012/5223.08%
Average1.0010.000.001.005.000.000.000.000.000.001.002.0019.00/57.0032.51%