Source: Patriots trade TE Ryan Izzo to Houston

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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Patriots tight end Ryan Izzo looks for running room after catching a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in a November game.

The Patriots' tight end depth chart was clearly too crowded after the team signed Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry this week. That’s why the team traded Ryan Izzo on Thursday.

According to a source, the Pats are sending Izzo to the Houston Texans for a 2022 seventh-round pick. Izzo, 25, led Patriots tight ends last season with 13 receptions for 199 yards. The Pats originally drafted him in the seventh round (250th overall) in 2018.

This marks the second trade between new Texans general manager Nick Caserio, formerly of the Patriots, and the Pats. New England also traded Marcus Cannon to Houston last week.

For a seventh-rounder, Izzo did well with the Patriots. He spent his rookie season on  injured reserve and then appeared in six games in 2019, catching six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. At 6 feet 5 inches and 255 pounds, Izzo has good size for his position and was a solid run blocker. Last year, the Patriots were clearly undermanned at the tight end position but Izzo gave them most of the production the team received from the position.

So it wasn’t a complete surprise when the team splurged, signing Smith and Henry – the top two players available at the position. Even after trading Izzo, the Pats still have ample tight end depth with Smith, Henry, Matt LaCosse, Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.

The NFL Network was the first to report the news of the Izzo trade.

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