3. player who could be entering last year with the Jaguars – Dan Arnold.
There’s no doubt the Jaguars brought some stability to the tight end position when they traded for Dan Arnold. However, they don’t deserve much credit, as they could have signed him last offseason but opted not to because he didn’t fit their budget.
Before acquiring Arnold, the Jags gave Tim Tebow a shot in training camp, drafted Luke Farrell, and signed Jacob Hollister before the start of the 2021 season. None of these players went on to have a meaningful impact last season. Heck, Tebow was released after the first preseason game and Hollister was inactive for a good chunk of the year. None of this would have happened had they invested in Arnold, who went on to become a key cog in the Jaguars’ offense as soon as he joined the team.
In fact, Arnold got traded on a Monday and was ready for their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. He finished the year with 28 receptions for 324 yards and could have had better numbers if he hadn’t suffered an MCL injury that cut his season short.
The Jaguars signed Evan Engram in free agency and Arnold should still have an important role in their offense. Nevertheless, Arnold could lose plenty of targets to Engram, who wasn’t brought in to ride the bench. Keep in mind that he was the Jaguars’ best tight end in 2022 but due to all the offensive additions they made, his role might not be as big as it was last year. Moreover, the team’s brass could still add another tight end in the draft, which would put Arnold’s future in Jacksonville in doubt.