A year of changes at tight end for the New England Patriots continued on Monday, as they have traded tight end Jacob Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2020 conditional seventh-round draft pick.
An undrafted talent out of Wyoming, Hollister was limited by injuries this past season, and appeared in eight games for the Patriots in all in 2018, and totaled just four catches (on five targets) for 52 yards before the team placed him on injured reserve on Jan. 8.
Before that, the 6-foot-4 Hollister appeared in 15 games for the Patriots in 2017, and finished his rookie season with four catches and 42 yards in total.
And with Hollister out of the fold via trade, with Rob Gronkowski still retired, and with Dwayne Allen out of town, the Patriots have completed a total turnover in regards to their tight end group from a year ago.
This makes veteran Austin Seferian-Jenkins the de facto No. 1 atop the new tight end depth chart, with free agent signing Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, and Ryan Izzo also signed to the roster.
Seferian-Jenkins is in Foxboro after a 2018 season spent with the Jaguars, where he totaled 11 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in five games with Jacksonville. LaCosse, meanwhile, had 24 catches for 250 yards yards in 15 games with the Broncos last year.
Hollister’s departure has also set the Patriots up to have 14 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.