News: 2 days agoTrautman recorded one reception for nine yards on one target over 44 offensive snaps during Sunday's 22-14 loss to the Panthers.
Spin: Trautman notched a catch on his first target of the 2022 campaign while playing a season-high 52 overall snaps Sunday. The 25-year-old's offensive snap share (64 percent) alongside tight end Juwan Johnson (68 percent) also was the closest it's been over the first three weeks of the season. Trautman's receiving production would stand to increase if wide receivers Michael Thomas (toe), Jarvis Landry (foot) and Tre'Quan Smith (concussion) are either limited or forced to sit out Week 4 against Minnesota.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Trautman enters his third NFL season yet to emerge as much of a factor in fantasy. The 2020 third-round pick seemed to be on the verge of a breakout around the midway point of last season, racking up a team-high 28 targets (18% share) during Weeks 8-11 before going down with an injury. However, he did that damage with Trevor Siemian under center. In six full games with 2022 starter Jameis Winston, Trautman averaged 2.0 targets per game. While we don't want to get tricked into extrapolating that four-game stretch in the box score, Trautman was a major receiving force in college and remains New Orleans' starting tight end. Hope remains for a third-year breakout, but the 25-year-old only needs to be rostered in deep dynasty.