The Patriots Have Reportedly Traded For A New Tight End

Tanya Simon
June 15, 2019

Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the trade and reported that the Lions will ship Roberts to the Patriots for a 2020 seventh-round pick.

According to reports, the Detroit Lions have traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a late-round draft pick.

Roberts, a fourth-round selection by the Lions in 2017, caught 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons. His 2017 season ended early with a trip to injured reserve after he suffered a shoulder injury.

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The New England Patriots reportedly are addressing their lack of depth at tight end. He should get plenty of opportunities in training camp with Ben Watson (who is suspended for the first four games of the regular season), Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck filling out the depth chart.

The Patriots also lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason and recently released Austin Seferian-Jenkins, leaving them without a proven veteran at tight end with Watson on the shelf.

The Patriots likely aren't done looking for tight ends, but a big name came off the board this week when the Vikings agreed to a restructured contract with Kyle Rudolph.

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