Patriots Land Tight End in Trade With Falcons

The New England Patriots' post-Rob Gronkowski tight end experiment continues.

The Patriots are acquiring tight end Eric Saubert from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported Monday.

Saubert is the second tight end to join New England within the last three weeks, as the club signed free agent Lance Kendricks to a one-year contract on July 24.

The Falcons drafted Saubert, 25, in the fifth round out of Drake in 2017, and he's played sparingly since then, recording five catches for 48 yards in 2018 as Atlanta's third-string tight end behind Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo.

With Ben Watson suspended for the first four games of the season, Saubert joins at Patriots tight end group that includes Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo, Andrew Beck and Kendricks.

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