Dan Arnold isn’t a flashy player. His statistics didn’t prove that he can become a legitimate TE1 in the NFL as the Cardinals hoped. But he played well enough to be a rotational guy and an excellent TE2. Plus, he also established himself as a deep threat.
In 2020, Arnold recorded 31 receptions for 438 yards, good for 14.1 yards per reception. He also had a career-high 4 touchdown receptions.
But here are the stats that really jump out: 77.4 percent of Arnold’s receptions went for first downs. Over a quarter of his catches went for 20 yards or more. Two for 40-plus yards.
While Arnold has proven he can’t be an every-down tight end, he established a solid role with the team. He’s an affordable player who has proven he can stretch the field and even make big plays when called upon.
Even if the Cardinals upgrade at tight end, and they should, Arnold remains a valuable asset in the room. Sign him at an affordable price and let him play in a timeshare with a legit TE1.