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Jacob Hollister vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister, right, tries to get around Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back A.J. Bouye (21) after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Patriots might still need help at tight end. Late Monday, according to media reports, the reigning Super Bowl Champions dealt one of their five tight ends to the Seattle Seahawks.

Jacob Hollister was a feel-good story two years ago when he and his twin brother, Cody, a wide receiver, made the team as undrafted free agents (Cody spent the 2017 season on the practice squad). However, after appearing in 15 games as a rookie, Hollister was plagued by a lingering hamstring injury throughout his sophomore campaign in Foxborough, limiting his availability and productivity.

This offseason, the Patriots suffered a hit at the tight end position when long-time all-star Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement. The team also released veteran Dwayne Allen. Recent media speculation has suggested that recently retired former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson might be on New England's radar screen, and this latest move to ship Hollister out west might lend more credence to those reports.

New England signed veteran free agent tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse this offseason. They also have 2018 holdovers Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo, and reportedly agreed to terms over the weekend with an undrafted rookie, former University of Texas tight end Andrew Beck.

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