This is supposed to be Adam Trautman‘s year to prove himself for the New Orleans Saints after a lackluster rookie campaign in 2020. So far, that has not happened, as Trautman has done very little through two games.
Before we dive into his production, let’s talk about what was expected of Trautman when the team took him in the third round of last year’s draft. We knew that he wouldn’t be a superstar in year one, as he had Jared Cook and Josh Hill ahead of him on the depth chart. That proved to be the case as Trautman finished his rookie campaign with just 15 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown.
With Cook now a member of the Chargers and Hill enjoying the spoils of retirement, 2021 was supposed to be Trautman’s time to shine. After a quiet summer, Trautman has had an even quieter first two games of his sophomore season, catching just three passes for 18 yards, all of which came in Week 1 in the blowout win over Green Bay.
Adam Trautman has disappointed the Saints so far.
Not only has Trautman floundered in what was supposed to be a new role for him but he’s been outperformed by Juwan Johnson. The wide receiver turned tight end had two touchdowns in the Week 1 blowout and had one catch for 23 yards in Sunday’s loss to Carolina. He’s been the better tight end between the two and that’s not even up for debate at this point.
It’s still early in the season, so of course there’s time for Trautman to turn things around. We’re two games into the season and this is only Jameis Winston’s second game as the starter of this team. He’ll hopefully establish a rapport with his tight end sooner rather than later.
For now, however, Trautman certainly isn’t the guy the Saints were hoping for when they spend a third-round pick on him.