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NFL Rumors: Patriots Trade for TE Eric Saubert, Falcons Receive NFL Draft Pick

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2019

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 22:  Eric Saubert #85 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the first quarter of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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The Atlanta Falcons reportedly agreed to trade tight end Eric Saubert to the New England Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick Monday. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news.

Saubert, 25, was a 2017 fifth-round pick. He's spent his first two NFL seasons playing almost entirely on special teams, recording five receptions for 48 yards overall.

The pick will likely be contingent on Saubert making the Patriots roster. He will join a tight end depth chart that already includes six players but is a major question mark after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. It's likely the Patriots see Saubert as a special teamer, but he did record 190 receptions for 2,253 yards and 21 touchdowns during his collegiate career at Drake.

Saubert was going to struggle to make the Falcons on a depth chart that already includes Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker and Logan Paulsen. He could latch on in New England early in the season, especially with Benjamin Watson suspended for the first four games.

Matt LaCosse and Lance Kendricks will likely begin the season getting most of the tight end reps for the Patriots.