Report: Tight End Ryan Izzo Traded To Texans For Draft Pick

The New England Patriots signed the best tight ends on the market, so they had to get rid of some players. According to recent reports, the Patriots traded Ryan Izzo to the Houston Texans to clear out some space.

Head coach Bill Belichick agreed to terms with Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry a few days ago. This isn’t the only move he made. The legendary quarterback also reached an agreement to send Izzo to Houston for a 2022 seventh-round draft pick. Tom Pelissero from NFL Media was among the first to confirm the trade.

The Patriots selected Izzo in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the team’s No.1 tight end by default in 2020. Izzo played 626 offensive snaps in 12 games. Rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene couldn’t really fit in Belichick’s system. The Florida State product finished the year with 13 catches on 20 targets for 199 yards (50 of these happened on a Hail Mary that failed to hit the end zone). Izzo finished the season on injured reserve.

Ryan Izzo was traded for a reason

Izzo is out, and the Patriots have five tight ends on the roster: Smith, Henry, Asiasi, Keene, and Matt LaCosse are part of the team. LaCosse opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to coronavirus concerns. The Patriots selected both Asiasi and Keene in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. They combined for five catches on 12 targets for 55 yards and one touchdown as rookie players.

New England ranked last in the league in receptions by tight ends in each of the final two years.

Belichick signed a group of talented players and the Patriots look really good at the moment. New England looks better than the roster Belichick had in 2020. The team addressed pretty much every need, and it’s time to see these guys on the field. There are so many questions we’d like to ask at the moment, but we will have to wait until the first practice.