Patriots Acquire Tight End Eric Saubert From Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 17: Eric Saubert #85 of the Atlanta Falcons runs with a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 17, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons | Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The New England Patriots have added another head in their tight ends room in their ongoing quest to replace Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots acquired third-year tight end Eric Saubert from the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange, New England will send a conditional seventh-round draft choice to Atlanta.

Saubert has rarely seen playing time ever since being selected in the fifth round, 174th overall, in the 2017 NFL draft out of FCS school Drake. He finally was able to record some stats last season, catching five passes for 48 yards.

Issues with drops and blocking hurt his draft stock, but Saubert remained a top-shelf athlete for the position with a great combination of size and speed that Bill Belichick is likely going to find some way to use in a game situation.

No staff is better at turning athletic projects into productive players than New England, so working with Saubert will likely prove fruitful at some point.