Patriots add DL Thornton, 4 to practice squad
OCT 1, 3:54p ET | AP
Rotowire: Sep 30 / 3:48p ET
News: The Saints have traded Akiem Hicks to the Patriots in exchange for Hoomanawanui, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Impact: Hoomanawanui played in two games for the Patriots this season without recording a catch and was inactive in Week 3. He'll now bolster the Saints' tight end depth behind Josh Hill and Ben Watson, but it would be a surprise if he emerged on the fantasy radar this season.
StatsLLC: Sep 30 / 12:00a ET
News: The Saints have acquired Hoomanawanui from the Patriots in exchange for defensive lineman Akiem Hicks.
Impact: Though New Orleans has lacked production from the tight end spot, Hoomanawanui won't make anyone forget Jimmy Graham. He's been primarily a blocker over his career, owning 40 catches and four touchdowns in 61 career games.