Saints Roster: Realistic expectations for J.P. Holtz in 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
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J.P. Holtz is hoping to stick on the New Orleans Saints roster in 2022. What should fans expect from the tight end this year? 

The tight end position looks to be one of the more interesting battles this summer and J.P. Holtz hopes that he can catch a break and somehow make the New Orleans Saints roster in 2022.

Holtz went undrafted out of Pittsburgh and found his way onto the Browns’ roster in the summer of 2016 and was in Cleveland until late in the 2017 season. In 2018, he landed with Washington, and in 2019, appeared in a regular-season game for the first time in his career.

Later that season, Holtz was waived by Washington and scooped up by the Bears where he put up the only offensive stats of his NFL career. The Pittsburgh product hauled in seven catches for 91 yards but hasn’t had a catch since then.

The Saints brought Holtz on this offseason to add to their tight end position battle this summer. It could be a rocky road for him when it comes to trying to make the roster though.

Saints Roster: What should fans expect from J.P. Holtz?

As I alluded to earlier, the tight end roster battle will be one of the more intriguing competitions this summer. Adam Trautman and Taysom Hill will be duking it out for the starting job but both of them will make the team. That leaves one or maybe two spots on the final roster so it’s going to be hard for Holtz to do enough to fill one of those spots.

Nick Vannett and Juwan Johnson are the favorites to fill out the roster but UDFA Lucas Krull has been a popular name this summer as well. Considering that Holtz has just seven catches and under 100 yards receiving in his career doesn’t bode well for him to make the team.

A realistic expectation for J.P. Holtz is that he misses out on making the roster but maybe the practice squad is in the cards for him. It’s doubtful that he’s anything more than a practice squad guy in New Orleans.

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