Former Southern Regional Players Mike Gesicki, Clark Harris Remain Productive in NFL

Nov 14, 2018
Courtesy of: Cincinnati Bengals Former Southern Regional football standout Clark Harris has been so productive as Cincinnati’s long snapper that the Bengals signed him to a contract extension on Nov. 5.

During Week 5 of the NFL season back on Oct. 7, former Southern Regional football players Clark Harris and Mike Gesicki played on the same field for the first time. Of course, given their respective positions, the two didn’t line up opposite each other during the contest. Still, it was a great day to be a Southern fan.

As for the season thus far, the Southern faithful have had plenty of reasons to cheer on the NFL veteran and rookie. They’ve been playing well – Harris now in his 11th season as the Cincinnati Bengals’ long snapper, and Gesicki in his first season as a tight end for the Miami Dolphins.

Gesicki this past Sunday, Nov. 11, played in his 10th game of the season and snagged one reception for 5 yards. On a third-and-9 from the Green Bay 27-yard line, quarterback Brock Osweiler completed a pass over the middle to Gesicki, but short of the first down, forcing the Dolphins to kick a field goal to make it 14-12 in favor of the Packers, who went on to win, 31-12.

For the season, the 22-year-old from Stafford Township has caught 17 passes for 151 yards, an average of 8.9 per reception. He’s still looking for the first touchdown grab of his career.

On Oct. 25, Gesicki caught four passes for only 14 yards during a 42-23 loss to the Houston Texans. During a 32-21 loss to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 21, he snatched three passes for 44 yards, including the longest reception of his career to date – a 27-yard haul on third-and-1 from the Detroit 38-yard line, giving the Dolphins a first down at the 11 and helping to set up a second-quarter TD.

Following Miami’s bye week this weekend, Gesicki and the Dolphins will be in Indianapolis to square off with the Colts on Nov. 25.

Meanwhile, Harris continues to enjoy life as a long snapper in Cincinnati. Not surprisingly, the Bengals on Nov. 5 announced it had signed Harris to a two-year contract extension that will take Harris through 2020, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. This season, his salary is just over $1.1 million.

The 34-year-old Pro Bowler, also from Stafford Township, hasn’t delivered an unplayable snap in 1,364 attempts with the Bengals, including 727 punts and 637 placekicks. He also has 31 special teams tackles.

David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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