4 burning questions for the Carolina Panthers at tight end in 2021

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Can Dan Arnold become a true TE1 for the Carolina Panthers?

The biggest addition to the tight end room this offseason was Dan Arnold. The free-agent signing from the Arizona Cardinals is coming off a career year in 2020 and seems to possess all the tools needed to become a real force in the passing game with a smooth transition.

This is something Arnold has accomplished quickly thanks to his previous knowledge of working with Joe Brady from their time together on the New Orleans Saints. Something that’s also caught the eye during training camp so far.

Arnold’s length and ability to create separation quickly have shone through on numerous occasions. There is also a blossoming relationship between the player and Sam Darnold – especially in the red zone – which only heightens expectations about his potential to contribute in 2021.

Being a key rotational piece is one thing.

Handling a heavy workload is something else entirely.

Carolina has an abundance of weapons in the passing game. So there should be plenty of chances for Arnold to get open in one-on-one situations.

Anything would be an improvement on last season, in all honesty. But if Arnold wants to be classed as a true No. 1 option, a strong start is absolutely essential.