Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens examines the game of Saints’ rookie tight end Adam Trautman, whose progress report paints a bright future as a versatile weapon in the New Orleans’ offense.
Dayton is in a remote universe away from schools that are known for NFL talent. Even so, one thing that translates to the NFL, regardless of the program, is refined technical skill.
The first time I watched Adam Trautman and Dayton, I couldn’t believe how refined of a technician he was as a receiver. Trautman addressed multiple defenders during a route with the fluidity of a 10-year NFL veteran. He used either arm to work through contact during his releases and stems, often during the same route against coverage that challenged him.
Add this comfort with release moves to his sharp breaks, and NFL frame and athletic ability, and I’m confident that Adam Trautman will earn a Pro Bowl invitation during his NFL career. Especially after studying his rookie tape.
Trautman’s film looks the part of a player his teammates described this summer as having the mental approach and learning capacity of a 10-year veteran. The rookie shows starter promise in every phase of the game.
Because it takes 2-3 years for tight ends to assert themselves as reliable contributors in the NFL and Jared Cook remains one of the better receiving tight ends in the league, we’re still witnessing the earliest stages of Trautman’s development trajectory. And those early moments are exciting.
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