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Patriots, Jaguars explore pre-draft trade for Ravens TE Hayden Hurst

Tight end needy Jaguars, Patriots look at Ravens Hayden Hurst for possible trade. We break down what it might mean.

Hayden Hurst #81 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Baltimore defeats Buffalo 24-17. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Both the Patriots and Jaguars had very little production form their starting tight ends last season, so a report that both teams are looking to trade for the Ravens Hayden Hurst makes perfect sense. Jaguars beat writer Eugene Frenette caught up with Hurst at his charity golf tournament and got the scoop that the teams are exploring a trade.

Hurst told Frenette that he would like to see more offensive opportunities. With tight end Mark Andrews leading the Ravens in targets and the team being run-first offensively, Hurst, as the No. 2 tight end isn’t likely to see a big boost in targets moving forward.

The big question is, how much do the Ravens want in return? Baltimore has no good reason to trade Hurst, who is still on his rookie deal and has plenty of potential. Andrews was consistently hurting in 2019 despite putting up big numbers and they use their tight ends extensively. Hurst is likely a big part of their overall offensive plans for 2020. The Ravens also wouldn’t want to give the Patriots a key piece in their pursuit of the AFC title without a big trade win. The Jaguars make more sense as a trade partner and may be in line to give up more in draft picks than the Patriots.