The New England Patriots reportedly are addressing their lack of depth at tight end.
The Patriots are acquiring tight end Michael Roberts from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a late-round draft pick, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reported Thursday morning. ESPN's Adam Schefter added that pick will be a seventh-round conditional selection in 2020.
Compensation update: Lions are trading tight end Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a conditional 7th-round pick in 2020, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2019
Roberts, a fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2017, doesn't have much NFL experience, with 13 catches, 146 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons in Detroit.
But New England could use some help at the position, as Matt LaCosse currently is the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart with Ben Watson suspended for the first four games of the season.
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.
Roberts isn't that proven tight end, but New England's trade with a familiar club -- Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia both came from the Patriots -- should provide some help.
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