TE Michael Gaines - Free Agent

6-3, 280Born: 3-30-1980College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 7, pick

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Game Recaps

2009 Week 7 vs GB (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Gaines saw more playing time with Robert Royal and Steve Heiden out. He caught one deep pass over the middle, but wasn't targeted often.

2009 Week 11 vs DET (2 / 2 / 5 / 1 rec)

Gaines caught two short passes, including one touchdown pass when he found a soft spot in the Detroit zone just over the goal line.

2009 Week 16 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Gaines got open on a deep cross for a long gain, but was used mostly as a second blocking tight end.

2008 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gaines was injured but remained in the game. He caught two balls for 11 yards.

2008 Week 3 vs SF (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted three times and finished with one reception for 15 yards.

2008 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught the short passes thrown his way, but fumbled one of them. Fortunately, Roy Williams was able to pick it up and retain possession for Detroit.

2008 Week 7 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted three times and finished with two receptions for 11 yards.

2008 Week 8 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

The TE is not a focus in the Detroit offense, and this game was no different. Gaines had the best day amongst Lions' TEs and yet he only received two targets - both in the fourth quarter. While one of them went for a 21 yard completion, it would be a mistake to consider him a realistic option at his position.

2008 Week 9 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Gaines was the second most targeted Lions' receiver, catching six passes for 64 yards. Late in the third quarter, Gaines had his longest reception of the afternoon when he got open down the sideline and was hit for a 19 yard gain. In the Lions' comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter, Gaines caught a short reception but dropped the ball on the hit, losing the fumble.

2008 Week 10 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

TE Michael Gaines, like most of the Lions receivers, did not have very good productivity in the loss.

2008 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught both of the balls thrown his way for a total of 21 yards, but one of the two balls he caught he turned the ball over to the Panthers via a fumble.

2008 Week 13 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Aside from Calvin Johnson, Gaines seems to have a decent rapport with Culpepper. He caught the lone touchdown for the Lions on a beautiful play action fake where Culpepper hid the ball only to hit Gaines a couple of seconds later for an easy score.

2008 Week 14 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Gaines had one wide open long reception downfield late in the first half on a deep crossing route, but was looked to just once after that and the pass fell incomplete.

2008 Week 15 vs IND (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught two passes 39 yards, including one play that covered 33 yards.

2008 Week 16 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gaines did not catch a pass. He was targeted on a fourth and goal play and drew a pass interference call that set up Detroit's sole touchdown.

2007 Week 2 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Gaines, who was recently signed off waivers from the Panthers, caught his only target and converted a first down.

2007 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)

Gaines caught all four of his targets. His one yard touchdown grab was his first touchdown of the season and third of his career.

2007 Week 5 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Gaines is a backup tight end, and he caught a couple of short passes from Edwards.

2007 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught one pass for a seven yard gain. Gaines was open for a first down, but dropped the pass on Buffalo's first play from scrimmage. Gaines was also guilty of a false start penalty.

2007 Week 8 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gaines saw two targets on the day, hauling in one of them for 11 yards.

2007 Week 9 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught all three passes thrown his way and split time with Robert Royal.

2007 Week 10 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

All of Gaines' targets came in the second half, and he caught two of them. Unfortunately, the third target found Gaines open down the seam near the goal line but the ball bounced off his hands.

2007 Week 11 vs NE (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

On a second and ten in the first quarter, Losman fumbled the ball deep behind the line of scrimmage. The quarterback picked the ball up and began to scramble to the sideline but then heaved it downfield to TE Michael Gaines who made a jumping one-handed grab and then stumbled forward for a 14 yard gain.

2007 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught his only pass on a broken play as Losman was scrambling for his life. The play resulted in a 19 yard gain and a first down.

2007 Week 13 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught one pass that was good for a first down, but was primarily used as a blocking tight end.

2007 Week 14 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught his only target for a three yard gain.

2007 Week 16 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

The Bills like to have Edwards target tight ends, and Gaines scored the first touchdown of the game on a three yard pass. Robert Royal was on the same side of the end zone and it seemed that Edwards had his choice of targets on that play.

2007 Week 17 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

The former Carolina Panther continued to play a key role in this offense. Both Gaines and Robert Royal have decent hands and provide large targets on short safe routes for Buffalo's rookie quarterback.

2006 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gaines had three targets in the game, all in the fourth quarter but had no receptions. He was the intended target on a deep pass over the middle from Delhomme that was intercepted by Atlanta.

2006 Week 4 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted on two short passes, one each in the first and third quarters, but both fell incomplete. It appeared that Gaines had hurt his knee on the second target, and he did not return to the game after that play.

2006 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught three of his targets but dropped the fourth. He appears to be a secondary option for Delhomme.

2006 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted once in the game. He caught the pass for a six yard gain.

2006 Week 13 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Gaines dropped his first target of the game and ended the game with one catch for 12 yards.

2006 Week 15 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted five times and caught four passes for 54 yards. His 19 yard catch tied for the Panthers' longest reception of the game.

2006 Week 16 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gaines only had one pass thrown his way. The pass was incomplete. Atlanta was flagged for 12 men on the field on the play as well.

2006 Week 17 vs NO (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Gaines was targeted twice and caught one pass for 12 yards. He picked up a first down early on in the third quarter but the Panthers punted four plays later.

2005 Week 4 vs GB (2 / 2 / 42 / 1 rec)

Gaines made good on both his targets, and surprised with his first ever touchdown, a 19 yarder from Delhomme in the second quarter.

2005 Week 8 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 67 / 0 rec)

Gaines, normally the third string tight end, had two receptions in the game for gains of 38 and 29 yards. Both times Gaines found himself in one-on-one coverage against a linebacker and was able to get behind the defender in both instances.

2005 Week 10 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gaines caught the only pass that came his way, an 11 yard catch in the second quarter.

2005 Week 11 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gaines finished with two catches for 15 yards. He was targeted four times on the game.

2005 Week 12 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)

Gaines caught a 13 yard pass on third down on the Panthers' second drive of the game, and ended the day with three catches from four targets. Gaines scored the only touchdown of the day when Delhomme faked a hand off and threw a three yard pass into the end zone with a little over two minutes remaining in the game.

2005 Week 17 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gaines started for the Panthers at tight end, but was hardly involved in the passing game. He caught just one short pass for zero yards on a play where Carolina needed just one yard for a first down. He was also targeted on a deep ball about 30 yards down the middle of the field by QB Delhomme, but the pass was easily defended by two Atlanta defensive backs.