After years of high production at the position, tight end was suddenly a disappointing spot for the New Orleans Saints in 2017.

2017 FINAL ROSTER: Josh Hill, Michael Hoomanawanui, John Phillips

INJURED RESERVE: Coby Fleener (concussion), Garrett Griffin (foot), Clay Harbor (undisclosed)

2018 FREE AGENTS: John Phillips (unrestricted), Clay Harbor (unrestricted)


Every offensive position except this one seemed to be a strength for the Saints in 2017.

Now, that's not to say the tight ends on the roster didn't have value. The blocking from Hill and Hoomanawanui was key for the improved run game, and Fleener at times looked like a legitimate threat.

But, considering all players at this position will be compared to what Jimmy Graham used to be, or what Benjamin Watson was in 2015, the 2017 group of Saints tight ends didn't measure up.