5 Patriots on the Hot Seat Over Final Four Games of Season

Unless these Patriots turn things around down the stretch, don't count on their having much of a future in New England.

Head coach Bill Belichick is one of five Patriots on the hot seat over the final four games.
Head coach Bill Belichick is one of five Patriots on the hot seat over the final four games. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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2.Mike Gesicki

Despite having yet to miss a game this season, Mike Gesicki has been invisible more often than not in his debut season with the Patriots.

After a down 2022 season with the Miami Dolphins, Gesicki hoped a change of scenery would get him back on track. Instead, the former Penn State product has been less productive, hauling in only 21 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown through 13 games. His 14.0 receiving yards per outing is a drastic decline from the 45.9 he averaged in 2021, highlighting just how uninspiring he's been.

It's at the point where he's only averaged 14.3 offensive snaps over the last three games.

Even though you can blame the Patriots' quarterback struggles for some of Gesicki's woes, he isn't blameless. After all, fellow TE Hunter Hunry has still found a way to score five TDs thus far — tied for his second-best total over the last seven seasons.

Whether or not Gesicki turns things around, the good news is that he likely isn't a part of New England's long-term future. He's currently playing on a one-year, $10.9 million deal, meaning the only thing at risk here are Gesicki's chances of similar paydays down the line if he can't figure things out soon.

Hopefully, the 28-year-old TE figures out a way to help the Patriots look competitive down the stretch.