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Saints players we expected more from in 2022

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The New Orleans Saints' 2022 season hasn't gone according to plan. They're 3-7 entering Week 11 and while the NFC South is terrible, the Saints haven't even been able to get in a serious position to lead the division.

These players' disappointing 2022 campaigns haven't helped the Saints' cause in 2022. Let's tackle who we expected more from and what went wrong for these players.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and all grades courtesy of PFF

Michael Thomas

Injuries led to another disappointing season for Thomas, who hasn't lived up to his end of the bill after receiving his five-year extension in 2019. Thomas played in three games at the beginning of the season and honestly looked pretty good in those games, hauling in 16 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

While Thomas looked like his old self in those three games, the injuries have continued to plague him and that's what made him a disappointment this year. Hopefully he can bounce back next year and show the Saints that they made the right decision extending him three years ago.

Adam Trautman

I'm not really sure that fans expected much from Trautman considering how poorly his first two years went but this was certainly his last opportunity to try and prove that he could be a starting-caliber tight end. Instead, Trautman has once again been outplayed by Juwan Johnson, who now has a firm hold on the TE1 job.

Trautman has just 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown through eight games. He's under contract for next season but it's doubtful that he'll be a part of the Saints' plans past 2023.

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