The Patriots had a brand new face at coaching camp on Tuesday, including tight finish Eric Saubert to the staff’s post-Rob Gronkowski depth chart. New England traded a conditional seventh spherical draft choose to the Falcons in change for the 25-year-old.
In his third season out of Drake University, Saubert was deemed superfluous to the necessities of Atlanta’s 53-man roster.
TRADE: We have traded TE Eric Saubert to the Patriots for a conditional draft choose.
STORY – https://t.co/U4l4v3T8ub
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 12, 2019
“We certainly wish him well,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn supplied Monday. “He’s certainly regarded around here as a great teammate from me and from others. But at the end of it, we always know that it comes down to the battles at different roster spots, different places, and that’s what this time of year is about.”
New England’s tight ends are immersed in a battle of their very own because the staff strikes on following Gronkowski’s offseason retirement. Six tight ends have been vying for an opportunity to play the place for the Patriots this season, with Saubert including to an already crowded area. One latest replace to that competitors entails Matt LaCosse, who suffered a “lower leg injury” within the first preseason recreation and was out of shape on Monday.
Here’s what Saubert brings to his new staff:
As a excessive schooler, Saubert was labeled as the most effective gamers within the Mid Suburban League by The Chicago Tribune. Still, this wasn’t sufficient to place him on the radar of any Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) faculties.
Eventually, the teaching employees at Drake University was impressed sufficient to him in. After redshirting for a season, he hit the bottom operating in 2013. In 11 video games, he made 47 catches for 549 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Saubert trended upward in his faculty profession, closing out his remaining season at Drake with 56 receptions for 776 yards and 10 touchdowns. Entering the NFL draft in the identical 12 months as a stacked class of different skills (O.J. Howard, Evan Engram, and George Kittle, amongst others), Saubert was not a very hyped draft choose. He was taken by the Falcons with the 174th total choose within the fifth spherical.
Yet, as a participant out of Drake, he was notable for merely being drafted. Saubert grew to become the primary from his faculty chosen within the draft since 1983.
Listed at 6-foot-5, and weighing 253 kilos, Saubert possesses primarily common measurement for a good finish compared to different gamers already on the Patriots’ roster.
What stands out about Saubert is his velocity. Despite his measurement, he ran a 4.65-second 40-yard sprint at his professional day in 2017.
Since coming into the NFL, he’s performed sparingly, however flashed his potential on a couple of events — like throughout the preseason a 12 months in the past:
Eric Saubert is prepared for an enormous 12 months ✌️.
Here’s a preview: pic.twitter.com/e7jW76LqeN
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 26, 2018
The different attribute Saubert has is power. As a rookie, he was one of many high performers within the mix amongst tight ends within the bench press. And whereas he stays generally known as extra of a pass-catcher than blocker, he has the potential to develop.
Though Saubert solely managed 192 performs for the Falcons offense in 2018 (16.79 p.c), he grew to become a fixture on the particular groups unit.
In whole final season, Saubert managed 292 performs for Atlanta’s particular groups (66.36 p.c). This positioned him second on the staff by way of utilization. Given Bill Belichick’s affinity for versatility, Saubert’s probabilities of making the 53-man roster enhance with each constructive particular groups play he could make.
Eric Saubert often is the most athletic TE on the #Patriots. There are considerations, which I’ll get into, however I wanna begin on a constructive be aware.
Love what he might convey as a particular teamer. Really good velocity for his measurement, exhibits persistence and lane self-discipline, and tackles effectively in area. pic.twitter.com/NpCr1IhoJH
— Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39) August 12, 2019