Having ties to the New Orleans Saints helped Sean Payton on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Tight end Adam Trautman was acquired by the head coach of the Denver Broncos in exchange for draft picks.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 29, 2023
After signing an offensively oriented coach like Payton in the wake of Nathaniel Hackett’s disastrous season in the Mile High City, Denver is brimming with hope this offseason. Russell Wilson, who was dreadful a year ago, is hoped to benefit from Payton’s ability to motivate him.
Wilson’s top weapons, Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton, were also kept by the Broncos. The two were allegedly involved in prospective trade talks but finally decided to stay here. They will once again be crucial this season.
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How good is Adam Trautman?
Trautman gets to reunite with Payton, who the Broncos obviously consider as a good match for the team. Greg Dulcich, a rookie with 33 catches in 22 seconds, and Trautman will probably have a chance to battle it out for the starting position. Following the trade of Noah Fant to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2017 season, the organization is still looking for a definite TE1.
Trautman was selected by New Orleans in the third round of the 2020 draft out of Dayton, but so far in his career, he hasn’t had much of an impact. Last season, the TE only had 18 catches for 207 yards and one touchdown. In his three seasons in the league, he has 60 receptions for 641 yards and four touchdowns.
The greatest season for the 6-foot-5, 253-pound athlete was in 2021, when he hauled in 27 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Dulcich, Chris Manhertz, and Albert Okwuegbunam are the other tight ends on the Broncos’ roster in addition to Trautman.
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