Patriots boost tight end depth, acquire Saubert from Falcons

Former Falcons tight end Eric Saubert catches a pass during a 2018 regular-season game at Green Bay

Former Falcons tight end Eric Saubert catches a pass during a 2018 regular-season game at Green Bay

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that they have traded tight end Eric Saubert to the New England Patriots. He's played in 30 of a possible 32 games in his first two seasons, including all 16 (one start) in 2018. The Patriots will send a conditional seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Saubert.

The Falcons selected Saubert out of Drake in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Most of his work has come on special teams.

LaCosse was the first tight end New England signed in free agency, days before Rob Gronkowski retired and left a major question mark at the position.

Austin Hooper, a 2018 Pro Bowl pick, is Atlanta's starting tight end. Luke Stocker promises to be an excellent blocker and occasional gadget weapon - he also has previous experience with Dirk Koetter and tight ends coach Mike Mularkey. Receiver looks to be the deepest group head coach Dan Quinn has. But considering the depth that has been accrued at other positions, the Falcons might be looking to use what was Saubert's spot elsewhere.