FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots acquired third-year tight end Eric Saubert from the Atlanta Falcons on Monday for a conditional draft pick.

The selection headed to Atlanta is a conditional seventh-round draft choice, league sources tell .

t, who enters his third season, was part of a crowded depth chart in Atlanta headlined by Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker. In New England, he joins a mix of players who are vying to help fill the void created by ’s retirement.

The trade comes four days after one of ’ top tight ends, Matt LaCosse, hobbled off the field in the preseason opener with an undisclosed leg injury.

The 6-foot-5, 253-pound t entered the as a fifth-round draft choice of the Falcons in 2017. He played in all 16 regular-season games last year, totaling five catches for 48 yards. t also contributed on special teams and was viewed as a reliable utility-type option.

In college at Drake, t ranked second among tight ends in his final season by averaging 70.5 receiving yards per game (56 receptions for 776 receiving yards).

In addition to t, ’ tight end depth chart includes LaCosse, veterans Benjamin Watson and Lance Kendricks, second-year player Ryan Izzo and former practice-squad player Stephen Anderson. Watson is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the ’s PED policy.


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