Jaguars new TE Dan Arnold is a legitimate receiving threat
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been seeking to improve the team’s tight end position, and on Monday, they finally pulled a trade that sent cornerback CJ Henderson to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Dan Arnold.
The carousel at tight end should now stop after they failed their previous attempts to upgrade the position didn’t pay dividends. Although Arnold is not necessarily a household name, he is a player that is capable of being a difference-maker in the Jacksonville offense.
What can Dan Arnold bring to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense?
Without a shadow of a doubt, Arnold becomes the team’s top receiving threat at the tight end position. Standing at 6’6″, the former Carolina Panther presents himself as an intriguing receiving option for quarterback Trevor Lawrence across the middle of the field.
Moreso, Arnold was a former collegiate wide receiver that has successfully transitioned to the tight-end position at the NFL level. In an offense looking for more firepower, the former Carolina Panther should have an immediate impact. However, the trade for him does raise a concerning front office decision this past offseason.
Why did the Jaguars decide to wait to acquire him?
This trade has essentially opened up yet another can of worms regarding the inconsistency of the current Jaguars regime. At all levels of the organization, there have been head-scratching personnel decisions. The trade for Dan Arnold is no different. While he is a talented player that fills a position of need, it is essential to realize that he was an unrestricted free agent this past offseason.
The Jags led the NFL in available cap space and addressed other positions with less need. So it raises the following point about the Dan Arnold trade:
Despite the curious front office decisions, the Black and Teal acquired the tight end they wanted all along. So expect for him to be incorporated into the Jags offense immediately and often.