5 under-the-radar Panthers players who must perform vs. NY Jets

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Dan Arnold – Carolina Panthers TE

All the talk throughout the offseason has been surrounding quarterback Sam Darnold and the exceptional weapons in the passing game. The likes of D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Christian McCaffrey, and even Terrace Marshall Jr. are at the forefront of this, but much is also expected of Dan Arnold in 2021.

The tight end was brought to the Panthers in free agency following a career year with the Arizona Cardinals. His length, athleticism, and ball skills could become a major factor as the campaign progresses, with his developing relationship with Darnold something else that shouldn’t be ignored.

Arnold might not be the best blocking tight end in the world. But considering the Carolina Panthers also have rookie Tommy Tremble to assist, he doesn’t need to be.

Getting off to a really strong start is not out of the question for Arnold. The New York Jets will be concentrating on thwarting the aforementioned players, which is something he can take advantage of both across the middle and in the red zone.

Not having a productive presence at tight end in 2020 after Carolina decided to part ways with Greg Olsen was a big factor in Teddy Bridgewater’s eventual demise. Arnold has the chance to change all that if he reaches expectations.