Dan Arnold
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Arnold in 2022
No. 85 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 27)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Shanley High School (Fargo, North Dakota)
College:UW–Platteville
Undrafted:2017
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2022
Receptions:88
Receiving yards:1,157
Receiving touchdowns:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Daniel Lewis Arnold (born March 15, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football and track at Wisconsin-Platteville.[1][2]

Early life

Arnold was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, but attended school in Rockford, Illinois as his mother was a teacher at Boylan Catholic High School. He attended Boylan Catholic for three years before his family moved to North Dakota. He then attended Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. Arnold attended college at University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he competed in the 110m hurdles. Arnold came second in the Division 3 110m hurdle championship, where he ran faster than Conor Murtagh, who finished in 3rd and Jacek Pikul who finished 6th.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+78 in
(1.95 m)
222 lb
(101 kg)
4.63 s 1.60 s 2.62 s 4.30 s 6.81 s 39+12 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
12 reps
All values from Pro Day[3]

New Orleans Saints

Arnold went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, but received invitations to attend rookie minicamp and tryout for the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints. On June 5, 2017, the Saints signed Arnold to a three-year, $1.66 million contract.[4]

On June 16, 2017, the Saints placed Arnold on injured reserve due to an unspecified injury. Arnold was initially waived/injured, but was placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.[5]

On July 26, 2018, it was reported that the New Orleans Saints' coaching staff had elected to move Arnold from wide receiver to tight end.[6] Arnold was moved in order for him to have a better chance of making the roster. The move was partly due to the release of tight end Coby Fleener, leaving the a lack of depth at the position. Assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell oversaw Arnold's transition to tight end and Arnold credits him with his success at tight end.[7]

Throughout training camp, Arnold competed to be the third tight end on the depth chart against Michael Hoomanawanui, John Phillips, Garrett Griffin, and Deon Yelder.[8] Arnold impressed the coaches with his ability during training camp and made the active 53-man roster. Head coach Sean Payton named Arnold the third tight end on the Saints' depth chart to begin the regular season, behind veterans Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill.[9]

Arnold was inactive for the first four regular season games (Weeks 1–4) as a healthy scratch. On October 8, 2018, he made his NFL debut during the Saints’ 43–19 win against the Washington Redskins in Week 5. In Week 7, he made his first career reception, a ten-yard reception from Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the second quarter of a 24–23 win at the Baltimore Ravens. He finished the game with two receptions for 35 yards.[10] On November 11, 2018, Arnold earned his first career start and made two receptions for 25 yards as the Saints defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 51–14 in Week 10.[11] On November 22, 2018, Arnold scored his first touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons on a 25-yard reception.

On August 31, 2019, Arnold was waived by the Saints and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[12][13] He was promoted to the active roster on October 19, 2019.[14] On December 4, 2019, Arnold was waived by the Saints.

Arizona Cardinals

On December 5, 2019, Arnold was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.

In Week 13 of the 2020 season against the Los Angeles Rams, Arnold recorded two catches for 61 yards that both resulted in touchdowns during the 38–28 loss. [15]

Carolina Panthers

On March 19, 2021, Arnold signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Through his first three games of the season, Arnold caught 7 passes for 84 yards.[16]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On September 27, 2021, Arnold was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars along with a 2022 third-round pick in exchange for cornerback C. J. Henderson and a 2022 fifth-round pick.[17] He suffered a sprained MCL in Week 12 and was placed on injured reserve on November 30, 2021.[18]

References

  1. ^ Schaer, Mark (January 20, 2018). "Former Boylan standout Dan Arnold makes leap to NFL with New Orleans Saints". rrstar.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Former UW–Platteville football standout Dan Arnold makes Saints' 53-man roster". swnews4u.com. September 17, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Dan Arnold , DS #122 WR, Wisconsin-Platevillw". DraftScout. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Spotrac.com: Dan Arnold contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Saints' Dan Arnold: Lands on injured reserve". cbssports.com. June 16, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Saints' Dan Arnold: Transitioning to tight end". CBSSports.com. June 16, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Erickson, Joel A. (September 3, 2018). "Dan Arnold's position switch pays off in a big way with Saints". TheAdvocate.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Will Saints utilize tight ends downfield? Who's their fastest player? Your questions answered". nola.com. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Saints reveal depth chart vs. Bucs". 247sports.com. September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Johnson, Luke (October 22, 2018). "Saints' Dan Arnold proving what he already believes: He belongs in the NFL". NOLA.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Player stats: Dan Arnold (2018)". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 31, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. September 1, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Saints sign TE Dan Arnold to active roster and waive TE Brian Parker". NewOrleansSaints.com. October 19, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals - December 6th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 19, 2021). "Panthers agree to terms with Dan Arnold". Panthers.com.
  17. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Jaguars trade 2020 first-round CB C.J. Henderson to Panthers for TE Dan Arnold". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  18. ^ DiRocco, Michael (November 29, 2021). "Jacksonville Jaguars TE Dan Arnold has sprained MCL, will go on IR". ESPN.com.