Adam Trautman

New Orleans Saints
Tight End #82
New Orleans Saints
Tight End #82
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Two touchdowns in 13 games

Trautman caught 27 of 43 targets for 263 yards and two touchdowns over 13 games in 2021.

Analysis: Expectations were relatively high for Trautman entering the season with the No. 1 role at tight end seemingly all to himself. While he logged a majority of the snaps whenever he was available, Trautman ran a route on just over a third of his snaps, and his lone productive fantasy outing came against the Eagles' league-worst defense versus tight ends. Otherwise, he mainly provided value as a blocker as the Saints revolving door at quarterback made it hard for any New Orleans receiver to see consistent production. Even though Trautman should again see plenty of playing time entering his third season in 2022, the 24-year-old will need to see heightened usage as a receiver in order to become a dependable fantasy option.

Jan 16, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Lays goose egg

Trautman was not targeted with a pass during Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Trautman logged 83 percent of the offensive snaps but was never targeted with a pass. While he has consistently logged a lion's share of the playing time when healthy this year, his only decent fantasy performance came in Week 11 against the Eagles' league worst defense against tight ends. Otherwise, Trautman hasn't been worthy of much attention in the fantasy realm, and it should remain that way in Week 18 against Atlanta.

Jan 3, 2022 12:40 PM EST



Returns from COVID list

Trautman (illness) came off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Trautman is one of 19 players that the Saints got back from COVID protocols this week, as they'll field a much more complete team come Sunday against Carolina. The 2020 third-round pick sits atop the Saints' tight end depth chart when healthy.

Dec 29, 2021 3:39 PM EST


Not available for Monday night

Trautman (illness) wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Saints' deadline for Week 16 roster moves and won't be available for Monday's game against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After testing positive for the virus Wednesday and landing on the list, Trautman was facing an uphill battle to gain clearance for the Week 16 contest. With Trautman sidelined for the fourth time in five games -- he was spent Weeks 12 through 14 on injured reserve with a sprained knee -- Nick Vannett and Ethan Wolf are left as the Saints' options at tight end.

Dec 27, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Hitting COVID-19 list

The Saints placed Trautman (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Trautman now may be in danger of clearing league protocols in time to play Monday against the Dolphins, but he joins fellow tight end Juwan Johnson on the COVID-19 list after the former landed there Tuesday. The Saints have Garrett Griffin (hamstring) and Dylan Soehner (undisclosed) on injured reserve, leaving just Nick Vannett is the only healthy and available TE on the active roster at the moment.

Dec 22, 2021 1:57 PM EST



Catches pass in return to field

Trautman caught one of two passes for four yards during Sunday's 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Trautman only needed the minimum of three games to return from a MCL sprain that landed him on injured reserve. However, he ultimately tied Nick Vannett with 57 percent of the playing time while Juwan Johnson (36) saw a healthy amount of snaps as well. Considering Trautman regularly topped 80 percent pre-injury, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his opportunities rise down the stretch.

Dec 20, 2021 5:29 PM EST


Off injured reserve

The Saints activated Trautman (knee) from injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Trautman spent the minimum three games on IR after spraining his MCL during a Week 11 loss at Philadelphia. Now that he's back on the active roster, he'll assume No. 1 TE duties Sunday in Tampa Bay, which translated to between 53 and 88 percent of offensive snaps in his 10 appearances prior to the injury. However, it didn't show up in the box score often to the tune of 25 catches (on 40 targets) for 241 yards on the receiving end of passes from Jameis Winston and Trevor Siemian. Trautman has yet to be targeted by the Saints' current starting QB Taysom Hill on the campaign.

Dec 18, 2021 1:58 PM EST


Practice window opens

The Saints designated Trautman (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Trautman landed on IR after he sprained his MCL during a Week 11 loss to the Eagles, receiving a recovery timeline of 4-to-6 weeks. He's missed the mandatory three games in order to return to the active roster, but the Saints will evaluate him on the practice field this week to determine whether he's ready to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. New Orleans needs to make such a call before Saturday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline.

Dec 15, 2021 7:20 PM EST


Moves to IR

The Saints placed Trautman (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Trautman's move off the 53-man roster was fully expected after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that the tight end sustained an MCL sprain in Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles. He's expected to need 4-to-6 weeks to make a full recovery from the injury, so the Saints will likely be without him until at least late December. Trautman's move to IR comes at a particularly unfortunate time, as he was just beginning to carve out a more pronounced role in the team's passing attack with six or more targets in each of the Saints' past four games. The Saints will likely lean on a committee of Nick Vannett, Garrett Griffin and Juwan Johnson to replace Trautman, with Johnson representing the best pass-catching option of the trio.

Nov 23, 2021 1:53 PM EST


Expected to miss time

Trautman is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: We'll await official confirmation from the Saints, but with Trautman presumably in line to miss time beginning with Thursday night's game against the Bills, Nick Vannett, Garrett Griffin and Juwan Johnson are slated to handle the team's tight end duties in the coming weeks.

Nov 22, 2021 3:09 PM EST


Bothered by knee injury

The Saints listed Trautman as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report due to a knee issue.

Analysis: Trautman wasn't known to have been dealing with an injury during Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles, and it wasn't evident in his production either, as he turned in a 5-58-1 receiving line on eight targets. The tight end has taken on a heightened role in the passing game since Trevor Siemian came on in relief of injured starting quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) in Week 8, drawing no fewer than six targets in any of the Saints' last four games. Because New Orleans is facing a quick turnaround for Week 12 with a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Bills, Trautman's listing on the injury report may just be an indication that the Saints plan to give him some extra maintenance. The Saints' Tuesday and Wednesday injury reports will provide a better idea whether or not Trautman is trending toward playing Thursday.

Nov 22, 2021 2:11 PM EST


Finds end zone in loss

Trautman brought in five of eight targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year pro now has drawn 27 targets over the last four games, with Trevor Siemian clearly prioritizing him when dropping back. Trautman's 18-yard scoring grab early in the second quarter also was the second of his career, with the first having come way back in Week 9 against the Buccaneers last season. Trautman's next opportunity to build on his recent momentum comes quickly, as the Saints host the Bills for an interconference showdown on Thanksgiving Night in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2021 2:58 PM EST


Becoming favorite target

Trautman caught five of six targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: While the final results weren't great, the heightened usage continues for Trautman with Trevor Siemian under center. After totaling 13 targets in seven games with Jameis Winston, Trautman has now seen 19 in three games with Siemian. While this increased attention has yet to translate to significant fantasy production, few other tight ends around the league have seen more opportunities over the past few weeks. With the Eagles leaky defense on deck in Week 11, Trautman could be worth a roll of the dice for TE-needy fantasy managers.

Nov 14, 2021 7:41 PM EST


Increased usage continues

Trautman caught four of seven targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Trautman didn't do much before the fourth quarter, but on one drive he eventually had four catches within six plays to help the Saints get their first touchdown, after which Trautman was unsuccessfully targeted on a two-point conversion attempt. That brings Trautman up to 13 targets in under two games with Trevor Siemian after averaging 2.2 in just over six games with Jameis Winston (knee), who will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL. While Winston technically had higher upside than Siemian as a passer, Trautman's outlook would obviously benefit much more from someone who will actually throw him the ball.

Nov 7, 2021 6:56 PM EST


Does little with six targets

Trautman caught two of six targets for four yards during Sunday's 36-27 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Trautman's disappointing season continues despite him matching the season-high six targets he saw Week 1. With Jameis Winston (knee) likely to miss time, Trautman becomes even less reliable as a fantasy option despite having a friendly Week 9 matchup against Atlanta.

Oct 31, 2021 6:01 PM EST


Fumbles in rainy win

Trautman caught all three of his targets for 36 yards and lost a fumble in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Trautman's fumble set up Seattle's game-tying field goal in the third quarter, but New Orleans scored the only points of the fourth on a field goal with 1:59 remaining to secure the victory and bail out the tight end. Though he actually ranked second on the team in receiving yards in this game, Trautman has just nine catches for 100 yards without a touchdown this season heading into a Week 8 visit from the Buccaneers.

Oct 25, 2021 9:00 PM EST


Posts best game of year

Trautman caught both his targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.

Analysis: Most of the tight end's production came on a 32-yard grab in the fourth quarter that helped set up the Saints' final touchdown of the afternoon. Trautman will head into the team's Week 6 bye with only six catches for 64 yards through five games, and the competition for targets could get a lot stiffer on the other side of the break with Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) both eligible to return.

Oct 10, 2021 3:39 PM EST


Secures lone target in passing game

Trautman secured his only target for three yards during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The six targets Trautman saw in the season opener seem like a outlier now that he's seen only two more in three games since. Meanwhile, Juwan Johnson has seen three targets in three of four opportunities. Barring an uptick in usage -- which may be especially unlikely with Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) expected to return at some point this year -- Trautman is completely falling off the fantasy radar.

Oct 3, 2021 4:27 PM EST


Low involvement in passing game

Trautman was targeted with one pass but he did not record a catch during Sunday's 28-13 win over New England.

Analysis: Trautman logged over 80 percent of the offensive snaps for the second time in three games, but he remained an afterthought in the passing game. Barring increased usage as a pass catcher, Trautman is nothing more than a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.

Sep 27, 2021 11:33 AM EST


No targets in passing game

Trautman was not targeted with a pass during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: On a day when Jameis Winston had trouble moving the ball, Trautman was not used as a safety valve over the middle of the field. Instead, Alvin Kamara and Marquez Callaway saw almost half of Winston's 21 pass attempts while Juwan Johnson was the only Saints tight end to have a pass sent his way. While Trautman at least paced his position group with 52 percent of the offensive snaps, Johnson was close behind at 41 percent and he ultimately saw a target every six snaps. Unless Trautman eventually becomes a larger part of the passing game, he will be hard to trust in any fantasy format.

Sep 20, 2021 9:18 AM EST


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