Trautman (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Chargers. The rookie third-round pick wasn't targeted Week 4 despite the absence of Jared Cook (groin), and he won't be suiting up Monday with Cook active. Trautman has played a minor role in the passing game through four contests, catching all three targets for 34 yards.
Trautman wasn't targeted in Sunday's 35-29 win over the Lions. The rookie third-rounder looked poised for more looks with Jared Cook (groin) out of the lineup, but Josh Hill ended up logging more snaps and finished with one catch for seven yards. Rookie tight ends are often tough to depend on, and even if Cook sits out Week 5 against the Chargers, Michael Thomas (ankle) could return and likely will command his usual target share.
Trautman is expected to have an uptick in usage Sunday versus the Lions following news that Jared Cook (groin) has been ruled out, John Sigler of USA Today reports. Star wideout and typical target monster Michael Thomas (ankle) has also been ruled out. Missing Cook is a big loss for the Saints, as he ranks second on the team with 15 targets, but the team has faith that Trautman can step up. The rookie third-rounder out of Dayton has caught all three of his targets for 34 yards this season, and he was quite productive in his final collegiate season with a 70-916-14 line. With no other tight ends currently on the active roster, Trautman could handle a full workload Sunday.
Trautman caught both of his targets for 17 yards in the Saints' 37-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Trautman recorded the first multi-catch game of his career. Jared Cook left this one early, as he was seen limping to the locker room in the second half. If he's limited or forced to miss time, Trautman should see his role increase moving forward.
Trautman recorded a 17-yard reception on his lone target in Monday's 34-24 loss to the Raiders. Trautman has played just 15 offensive snaps over two weeks, as he's considered the No. 3 TE behind Jared Cook and Josh Hill. The rookie third-rounder showed a flash with his reception, but he likely won't have much fantasy relevance this season.
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