3 Saints who have offered almost nothing to the team in 2021

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1. Adam Trautman

For those of you who frequently visit this site, you’ll know that I’m not high on Adam Trautman but there’s a reason for that. Like Baun, Trautman was a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and like Baun, he hasn’t done anything to show he was worthy of being a Day 2 draft selection.

During his rookie season, there was at least somewhat of an excuse for the Dayton product, as he was behind Jared Cook and Josh Hill on the depth chart. This year, however, there isn’t an excuse for Trautman. He’s been really ineffective and only has himself to blame.

As a rookie, Trautman had 15 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown through 15 games and six starts. Fans expected him to easily pass those numbers in year two and to do so early on in the year considering he was TE1 on the depth chart.

Well, through seven games (five starts), Trautman has just 11 catches for 104 yards. He’s yet to find the end zone and hasn’t come anywhere close to being the impact playmaker New Orleans was hoping they landed when they spent a third-rounder on him.

It’s not just the lack of production as a weapon either. He cost the offense a touchdown in the Week 4 loss to the Giants that probably would have made that game end differently and also fumbled the football during the Week 7 win over Seattle. He’s been a disappointment in multiple aspects.

Trautman isn’t the only problem on offense but he’s definitely the most disappointing player on that side of the ball. It’s been a bummer but there’s still hope for him to turn things around.

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These three Saints have offered almost nothing to the team this season.