Defeating the Jaguars came at a price for the New Orleans Saints and that price was their tight end depth. This team is banged up at the tight end position, to say the least.
The biggest storyline here is that Adam Trautman was carted off during the game with an ankle/foot injury, per Adam Schefter. Trautman was a third-round pick last year and after a less-than-stellar rookie campaign, the Saints were hoping he’d take the next step in year two.
Trautman wasn’t the only tight end to go down, however, as Nick Vannett suffered a knee injury, per Ian Rapoport, who notes that Vannett is undergoing an MRI. These are the Saints’ top two tight ends and this paves the way for Juwan Johnson to step into that TE1 spot and not relinquish the job.
Amie Just also noted that Garrett Griffin wasn’t able to play on Monday due to injuries, adding yet another banged up tight end to the list. This isn’t good for the Saints and while Johnson could step in, he can’t do it all on his own. Recently waived Josh Pederson might find his way back to the Big Easy due to all of these injuries.
New Orleans Saints have injuries at tight end position
While the Saints could still look to explore a trade for Zach Ertz or another bigger name at the tight end position, Johnson is probably their plan as the starter if Trautman and Vannett are going to miss an extended period of time. He’s established chemistry with Jameis Winston, so why not roll with him in that spot?
Ethan Wolf is also on the depth chart. The 25-year-old out of Tennessee hasn’t seen any NFL action yet but might find himself as a backup behind Johnson should these injuries be serious.
Perhaps the Saints decide to make a trade for a tight end or perhaps they decide to go the cheap route and re-sign Pederson. Whatever the decision is, the tight end position desperately needs help