Saints Have Made a Surprising Change to the Starting Lineup Recently

Max Staley
Jared Cook is losing significant snaps to a surprising member of the New Orleans Saints.
Jared Cook is losing significant snaps to a surprising member of the New Orleans Saints. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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The New Orleans Saints' offense has looked a whole lot different with Taysom Hill under center. The short, quick passes Drew Brees used to thrive on are out and they've largely been replaced by power runs. Alvin Kamara averaged 7.4 receptions per game over his first nine outings, but he has only caught 1 pass since Hill has taken over.

And this shift has resulted in a significant change to the Saints' starting lineup. It seems tight end Jared Cook is being phased out of the offense in favor of Adam Trautman.

Trautman has now out-snapped Cook in four straight games, playing 127 snaps to Cook's 91. But that was most evident in Week 12, when Trautman played 39 snaps to Cook's 19.

The increased playing time for Trautman recently does make some sense. He excels as a run-blocking TE, posting a 76.5 grade in that regard from Pro Football Focus. That skill is considerably more valuable to the Saints' offense than Cook's pass-catching ability now that Hill is under center.

It's entirely possible that Cook regains a bigger role once Drew Brees gets healthy. But until then, Saints fans should expect to see a ton of Adam Trautman.


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