Projecting the Saints 53-Man Roster: Tight Ends
With Training Camp on the horizon and roster cuts beginning, the Saints final 53-man roster becomes clearer. But what surprises cuts will happen and which players will sport the Black and Gold this fall? The Saints News Network provides its projections for the Saints Tight Ends.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TIGHT ENDS
- Jared Cook
- Josh Hill
- Garrett Griffin
- Adam Trautman (Rookie)
- Jason Vander Laan (Opt-Out)
- Cole Wick (Opt-Out)
LOCKS AT TIGHT END
Jared Cook, 12th NFL Season
Last summer, the Saints signed Cook to a two-year, $15.5M after a Pro-Bowl appearance with the then Oakland Raiders. Cook played only 47% of the team’s offensive snaps and missed two games because of injury in his first year with the Saints. He also failed to find the end zone through the first four weeks of the season but ended the season on a tear, scoring five TDs over the regular season's final four weeks. His performance earned him a Pro Bowl selection for 2019, tied for the team lead in TD grabs (9), and eclipsed 700 yards receiving last season. Remaining healthy is vital for the Saints' offensive success in 2020.
Josh Hill, 8th NFL Season
Josh Hill set career highs across the board in 2019, posting 25 rec for 226 yards and picking up 13 first downs. The Sean Payton favorite may wow no one with his statistics, but shows his value in multiple phases of the game. A terrific run blocker, Hill excels in 22 personnel, goal-line sets, and can sneak out into his route tree. Hill’s brightest moment last season came on MNF against the Colts when he caught Drew Brees’ 540th career TD pass that broke the NFL’s all-time career record. Expect more of the same hard-nosed consistency from Hill in 2020.
Adam Trautman, 1st NFL Season
Trautman will become the first Dayton Flyer to appear in an NFL game since 1975 this season. According to Sean Payton, the 2019 Patriot League Player of the Year was one of “the best blocking TEs” in his class. Trautman displays tremendous size at 6’5 253 LBs and could become an immediate red zone threat for Drew Brees. The Williamsburg, MI native led Dayton in receiving with 70 rec for 916 yards and 14 TD during his Senior season.
PROJECTED CUT OR PRACTICE SQUAD TIGHT END
Garrett Griffin, 2nd NFL Season
Griffin has played in only three regular-season games for the Saints since signing as a UDFA in 2016. In the 2019 NFC Championship game, Griffin caught the game’s opening TD giving the Saints a 13-0 lead. Griffin spent the 2019 season on the Saints practice squad and did not dress for a regular-season game. With three TEs above him on the depth chart, expect Griffin to end up back on the practice squad again in 2020 or find himself a new home following training camp.
TE Jason Vander Laan and TE Cole Wick decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL regular season.
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