4 injured Jacksonville Jaguars who should bounce back in 2022

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold (85) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 Jaguars player that should bounce back in 2022 – Dan Arnold, TE.

Tight end Dan Arnold gave the Jaguars’ offense an immediate boost even though he joined them just three days before their Thursday night matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. In that game, the Wisconsin-Platteville product hauled in two receptions for 29. And as the year progressed, his role and workload in the passing game increased. However, he sprained his MCL against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12 and missed the remainder of the 2021 season.

After landing in Jacksonville, Arnold went on to appear in eight games with three starts and hauled in 35 receptions for 408 yards with no touchdowns. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, his numbers would have been significantly better. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Jaguars had a chance to sign him last offseason but decided against it because they couldn’t make it work from a financial standpoint. In the end, they had reverse buyer’s remorse and acquired him (and a third-round pick in 2022) from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback C.J. Henderson.

Arnold signed a two-year deal last offseason and will be playing for a contract extension in 2022. He showed last year that can be a featured weapon on the Jaguars’ offense and even if the front office adds another tight end this offseason, Arnold should still have a big role, especially when you take into account that he’s already built a rapport with quarterback Trevor Lawrence.