Patriots trade tight end Jacob Hollister to Seahawks for 2020 draft pick


The New England Patriots will need a collective effort to replace the recently retired Rob Gronkowski's production at tight end, and Jacob Hollister won't be part of that group. 

The Patriots traded Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, the teams announced. ESPN's Field Yates reports the Patriots will receive a 2020 seventh-round draft pick from the Seahawks.

Hollister spent two seasons in New England and tallied eight receptions on 15 targets for 94 yards and zero touchdowns in 23 career games. He struggled to stay healthy last season and missed eight games.

Gronkowski's retirement and Dwayne Allen's release earlier in the offseason, combined with the Patriots not selecting a single tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft, leaves the Patriots even more thin at the position. 

Here's a look at the Patriots' tight end depth chart after this trade.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Matt LaCosse
Ryan Izzo
Stephen Anderson
Andrew Beck (signed as undrafted free agent)

Seferian-Jenkins is the best bet to be the team's starting tight end next season, but he played in only five games last season.

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