Until Dan Arnold finds meaningful playing time with the Saints this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Arnold will be forced to compete for a spot on the Saints' roster during training camp and the preseason, Sean Fazende of Fox 8 News New Oreans reports. With Jared Cook and Josh Hill locked in as the top two tight ends on the depth chart, a competition appears to be brewing for the No. 3 gig. In addition to Arnold, Garrett Griffin and seventh-round rookie Alize Mack are in the mix for the third spot on the depth chart in what should be a wide-open race. Over 10 games with the Saints in 2018, Arnold -- who played wide receiver in college -- showed some promising pass-catching upside, snaring 12 of 19 targets for 150 yards and one touchdown. The Saints may want Arnold to take a step forward as a blocker if he's to come away with a roster spot this fall.
Arnold hauled in 12 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown while appearing in 10 games in 2018. Arnold spent his rookie year on injured reserve in 2017 after going undrafted out of Division III Wisconsin-Platteville. He transitioned to tight end this offseason and flashed some potential for New Orleans. He'll look to continue improving at the position and work his way up the depth chart in 2019.
Arnold (chest) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Cowboys. Arnold was a full participant in Wednesday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The second-year tight end picked up a chest injury during his breakout game Thanksgiving Day against the Falcons, during which he brought in four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. That performance may have earned him a heightened role in the Saints' passing attack going forward.
Arnold is dealing with a chest injury and was a limited participant at Monday's practice. Arnold is coming off a breakout performance in the Saints' Week 13 win over the Falcons, during which he recorded four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. He apparently didn't escape that game unscathed, but his presence on the field in any capacity Monday suggests he still has a good shot of playing Thursday night against the Cowboys in Week 13. Arnold will likely need to practice fully Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid an injury designation ahead of the contest.
Arnold caught two passes for 25 yards in Sunday's win against the Eagles. Arnold hauled in both his targets, but the rookie tight end played just 15 of the Saints' 70 offensive snaps. While his role has grown the last few weeks, he remains third on the tight-end depth chart in New Orleans, behind Josh Hill and Ben Watson.
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|2||09/15||@Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|5||10/06||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|11||11/17||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|14||12/08||San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
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