The Patriots are signing former Dolphins tight finish Mike Gesicki to a free-agent deal, in accordance with experiences.
Gesicki performed on the franchise tag final season in Miami, the place his numbers fell to 32 catches for 362 yards and 5 touchdowns underneath new coach Mike McDaniel. In every of the earlier two years, Gesicki topped 700 receiving yards. The 27-year-old is a receiving tight finish who can run routes out of the slot and out broad, however has not often been used as an in-line blocker.
Gesicki confirmed the signing in a textual content to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson saying: “Ready to get back to work.”
In 9 profession video games in opposition to the Pats, he’s caught 14 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to the Patriots’ dwelling recreation in opposition to Miami final January, coach Bill Belichick mentioned of Gesicki: “He’s a hard guy to cover. Long. He’s a good, crafty route runner. He’s slick, but he can get down the field. Very good hands, makes some acrobatic catches. Has enough quickness to separate. That’s another hard guy to cover on third down, well on any down. But when you talk about those possession downs, he’s effective.”
In 2020, Belichick described Gesicki as “more of a big receiver.”
Gesicki entered the league as a second-round draft select of Penn State in 2018. He struggled as a rookie, however blossomed into one of many league’s higher pass-catching tight ends underneath former Miami coach and Pats assistant Brian Flores from 2019-2021.
Gesicki was additionally recruited in highschool by Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, previously the top coach at Penn State.
ESPN first reported Gesicki’s cope with the Patriots.