PFF unveiled their favorite and least favorite moves among all NFL teams. What did they have to say about the New England Patriots? Someone giving their opinion on something is subjective, so it’s not going to always be a truth.
PFF gave their favorite and least favorite moves among every team this offseason.
Let’s break down what they thought for the New England Patriots.
PFF’s favorite and least favorite Patriots’ offseason moves
Favorite: Signing Mike Gesicki
This was a largely excellent move by the team. When you couple this with them being able to trade the full brunt of Jonnu Smith’s contract for something cheaper, this move is their best of the offseason by far.
Gesicki does not offer much in the way of blocking, but he’s a sensational athlete with true TE1 potential and will make an nice pairing with Hunter Henry. Both players should get plenty of work in the offense.
Here’s what PFF had to say about the move:
"A year after playing on the franchise tag, Gesicki signs another one-year contract for less, as New England took advantage of a down year that had more to do with a poor scheme fit than anything else. Over the last four seasons, Gesicki’s 28 red zone receptions rank in the top 10 among tight ends, and his 16 touchdowns rank tied for fourth. The Patriots struggled to convert in the red zone last season, so the addition of the huge catch radius tight end makes a lot of sense."
Him being a boost in the red zone is going to help this offense hopefully return to a competent level.
Least favorite: No big moves at tackle
"Here is what PFF had to say about their least favorite Patriots’ offseason move:The Patriots did well to address an area of clear need at offensive tackle, but they went with a quantity approach and spent largely on older veterans. It’s possible they make a move early in the draft at the position, which would create a solid, diversified room of talent. Until then, it’s not a unit that inspires a great deal of confidence."
Signing Calvin Anderson and Riley Reiff, two spot starters, was not enough. There are still some solid names left on the market, but I was expecting something a bit bigger. Perhaps they are waiting until the 2023 NFL Draft to target this position with a legitimate long-term solution.
However, a starting offensive line with Riley Reiff and Trent Brown as the starting tackles isn’t a terrible temporary solution.