The New England Patriots have parted ways with another one of their tight ends: according to a report by ESPN’s Field Yates, the team has traded third-year man Jacob Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks. In return, the Patriots will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
Hollister originally joined New England as an undrafted free agent in 2017 alongside his twin brother, wide receiver Cody Hollister. After a solid first training camp and preseason, he was able to make the 53-man roster but saw limited action on offense and appeared mostly on special teams. Hollister again made the team as the number three tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen in 2018, but injuries limited him to only eight games.
With both Gronkowski and Allen gone, there was a feeling that the 25-year-old might take on a bigger role moving forward. Apparently, however, he team had different plans and decided to part ways with Hollister. As a result, only five tight ends remain on the team: Matt LaCosse, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ryan Izzo and Stephen Anderson — the latter two the only remaining from the 2018 team — as well as rookie free agent Andrew Beck.
Hollister, meanwhile, finishes his Patriots career with 23 regular season games played as well as one playoff contest. He caught a combined 9 passes for 94 yards.