The Atlanta Falcons traded third-year tight end Eric Saubert to the New England Patriots on Monday for a conditional seventh-round pick.
Primarily used as a blocker and on special teams, the 2017 fifth-round pick appeared in 30 games over the last two seasons and caught five passes for 48 yards.
Saubert, 25, played 178 snaps on offense and 292 snaps on special teams in 2018. He had been listed behind 2018 Pro Bowler Austin Hooper and veteran Luke Stocker on the Atlanta depth chart.
The Patriots lost All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement during the offseason and will be without Ben Watson for the first four games of the season due to an NFL suspension.
—Field Level Media