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Penn State TE Gesicki agrees: Jesse James made the catch

March 21, 2018 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS -– It was a question Mike Gesicki started to answer before it left the reporter’s mouth.

Did Jesse James, his good friend and former Penn State teammate, make the catch that was controversially overturned against the New England Patriots?

“Absolutely,” Gesicki said without hesitation. “Absolutely. … He caught the ball, moved it. I think they just looked too far into it.”

Gesicki may be biased since he plays the same position as James, and he admittedly looks up to the Steelers tight end, who left Penn State three years ago. But Gesicki, who is considered one of the top five tight ends in the 2018 NFL Draft class, made sure to let his friend know he had his back.

“I was talking to him and all that kind of stuff and told him to keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing everything right,” Gesicki said.

Gesicki, who is 6-foot-6, 252 pounds, said he met with the Steelers on Thursday night at the NFL Combine and would love to reunite with James.

“Jesse is another reason why I’m here today,” Gesicki said. “He was a junior when I was a freshman, and I played behind him. He was a huge mentor for me, still is. He’s a great friend of mine. I talk to him on a weekly basis.

“I’m happy for the success he’s had and will continue to have.”

The Steelers could be in the market for a tight end in the later rounds even though they have Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble and James under contract. Gesicki could be long gone by then. He carries a second-round grade after setting Penn State records for catches (129) and touchdowns (15) by a tight end.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jrutter@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.