Just when you think the Patriots are done improving their team, they pull off some sort of transaction. A lot of speculation has gone around this off-season about the Patriots improving at Tight End. Gronk is gone, Ben Watson is suspended the first four games of the season, and Matt Lacosse is a question mark at best. The Patriots went out and traded with the Atlanta Falcons for third year Tight End Eric Saubert in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft selection.
The Patriots are acquiring third-year tight end Eric Saubert from the Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft choice, per sources. Saubert is in his third sesson from Drake.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 12, 2019
Here are a few key things to know about the newly acquired Patriots Tight End.
He’s From Drake University
Saubert is a Drake University product. Drake University is a Division I school in Iowa. They play in the same conference as other schools such as Davidson, Morehead State, and Marist just to name a few. Obviously, Drake University isn’t playing against the iron of college football such as Ohio State or Alabama. But, Saubert obviously had a good enough career to get recognized and be playing currently in the NFL. Could Saubert be an anomaly? We’ll just have to find out.
He Hasn’t Caught The Football Much
Saubert has not lit it up on the stats sheets in his first few NFL seasons. He has five receptions in two seasons for 48 yards. It’s tough when he has a Tight End in Austin Hooper ahead of him. We can only assume that he is going to be a depth piece for the Patriots and be more of a blocker than anything. However, those first four games could be huge for Saubert to get some receiving opportunities as well.
This isn’t exactly a blockbuster type of trade, but it’s a depth piece. The Patriots have shown that every piece of the puzzle is huge for success. Will Eric Saubert be a high impact player? Probably not. But then again, Bill Belichick has pulled off these types of moves before that have worked out. Just get me to the first regular season game already, please?!
-Alan Nahigian (@BigAl2793)