3. Dan Arnold, TE
Tight end is one of the Patriots’ shallowest positions at the moment with Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki as the only signed options. While the pair is more than capable of handling the majority of TE duties, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that New England would be screwed if one of them winds up hurt.
Dan Arnold is someone that I like as the Patriots’ TE3 during the 2023 season.
Again, Belichick loves hard-working veterans, which perfectly describes Arnold. After going undrafted out of Wisconsin–Platteville in 2017, Darnold fought his way to playing 59 games for four teams over the last five seasons.
The 28-year-old is coming off a largely unproductive season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but that mostly had to do with Evan Engram’s presence.
It’s important to remember that Arnold recorded back-to-back 400-yard campaigns in 2020 and 2021, hauling in 4 TD passes along the way. Although he won’t reach those heights with Gesicki and Henry ahead of him, it still proves that he can fill in for either man when needed.
On top of that, Arnold’s presence could also help the run game, as he’s a decent blocker.
Signing the Milwaukee, WI native isn’t crucial to the Patriots’ future success, but adding him would save the team from potential headaches down the line. Besides, adding another passing threat for Jones is never a bad idea.
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