This past weekend was an incredibly rough one for Trautman, who despite having a season-high of five catches, had a key drop and also was flagged for a false start on the Saints’ two-point conversion that they needed to tie the game. As a result, the offense was backed up and didn’t convert, giving the Titans the win and moving the Saints to 5-4 on the season.
While Trautman wasn’t solely to blame for the loss, he’s an easy scapegoat due to the lackluster start of his career. He had an excuse last year due to having guys ahead of him on the depth chart but this year, Trautman was supposed to be the guy at tight end. Instead, he’s been outplayed by a player who transitioned to tight end this offseason. Not ideal.
Even with all of this in mind and how steaming mad Sean Payton was at Trautman, the Saints likely won’t be abandoning ship on the Dayton product anytime soon.
Saints will continue to let Adam Trautman prove himself
There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, Trautman is only in his second year as a pro and really his first as a true starter. He has two years remaining on his contract and was a third-round pick, so naturally, the Saints aren’t going to cut him just because fans are fed up with him.
Secondly, what people have to remember with Trautman is that he attended Dayton, which is a Division 2 program. Going from a smaller school to the pros is no joke and takes some time to transition over and the Saints likely expected this when they took the kid in the third round.
Be that as it may, it’s completely understandable why fans would be fed up and want the Trautman experience to end. The Saints gave up four draft picks to trade up and take him in the third round and he’s been bad. Not making an impact as a pass-catcher is one thing but Trautman is making dumb mistakes more often than not now and that’s why he’s on Who Dat Nation’s bad side.
While NOLA won’t be cutting Trautman, Nick Vannett is slated to return soon and that should take some heat off of Trautman. He won’t be expected to do nearly as much and that’s probably best for his confidence right now.