4. Adam Trautman
Another former 2020 draft pick makes the list, as Adam Trautman is entering a huge year. The third-round pick out of Dayton stepped into a crowded tight end room during his rookie year but when things cleared for him to be the starter in 2021, he didn’t rise to the occasion.
Trautman did show some potential down the stretch of the 2021 season but can he pick up where he left off in year three? He has to show something this year because, as most know, Taysom Hill is transitioning to tight end and he’s going to give Trautman a run for his money as the starter at the position this year.
Not only does Trautman have Hill to worry about but Nick Vannett, Juwan Johnson, and UDFA Lucas Krull will also do their part to try and make noise at the tight end position.
While Trautman has two years remaining on his rookie deal, this season is his last chance to prove that he has what it takes to be a starter. If he doesn’t show that this year, the team will be fine with moving in a different direction.