Saints Roster: Realistic expectations for Brandon Dillon in 2022

Brandon Dillon - Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Brandon Dillon recently joined the New Orleans Saints roster. What should fans expect from the tight end in 2022? 

The New Orleans Saints recently signed former Marian tight end Brandon Dillon to their roster. Tight end is a position of need for the Saints so fans certainly aren’t upset about the extra depth there.

Dillon played college ball at Marian, an NAIA school in Indianapolis, where he played from 2015-2018. His best year came during that 2018 season when he had 35 catches for 603 yards but he hasn’t had a chance to do much in the NFL to this point. Dillon played for the Vikings from 2019-2021 and only recorded one catch during that time.

The tight end position is a bit of a whirlwind in New Orleans. Adam Trautman is probably going to be the starter with Taysom Hill getting some spotlight time as well at the position. With tight end being pretty up in the air, however, maybe Dillon can make a statement this summer and he can move up on the depth chart.

Saints Roster: What should fans expect from Brandon Dillon in 2022?

If we’re being perfectly honest here, fans should probably lower any expectations they might have for Dillon this year. The guy has had one catch through three years in the league and the Saints have a lot of other options at tight end for this upcoming season.

I mentioned Trautman and Hill already but the team also has Nick Vannett, Juwan Johnson, Lucas Krull, J.P. Holtz, and of course, Dillon. With Trautman, Hill, and Vannett likely locks to make the team (and Johnson could make a run to get back on the 53-man roster as well) plus Krull impressing this summer, it’s going to be tough for Dillon to be anything more than a practice squad guy.

If Dillon is able to make it onto the team, he projects more as a blocking tight end than as an actual pass-catching tight end. I wouldn’t expect too much from the guy but crazier things have happened.

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