2. Adam Trautman
Adam Trautman was one of the most hyped-up draft prospects that I can remember the New Orleans Saints drafting, but he has been a relative bust thus far in his career. While his career hasn’t panned out the way anyone has wanted it to thus far, I don’t think that will be the case for much longer.
Trautman, when healthy, is without question the number one tight end on the Saints’ depth chart; but he didn’t do a great job of showing that in 2021.
Trautman played in 13 games with the Saints a season ago, but only mustered up 27 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Now we all understand that Trautman is more of a blocking tight end, but he is far too talented of a receiver to not have that be a more crucial part of his playstyle.
Adam Trautman will have a much bigger impact on the Saints’ offense in 2022 for multiple reasons.
The biggest one is that the Saints have a serious lack of wide receiver talent on the roster currently, and Jameis Winston will need some reliable targets to throw to. When Winston was in Tampa Bay, his tight end O.J. Howard had the biggest seasons of his career, which means that Winston does try to target the tight end position more than a lot of quarterbacks.
Trautman is very talented and now that he’s the clear-cut number one tight end on the depth chart (unless you consider that to be Taysom Hill, but that’s a topic for another time).
The Dayton product will have every opportunity to be the go-to guy for Jameis Winston. I look forward to a full season (fingers crossed) of Adam Trautman and Jameis Winston.