Mike Gesicki

Mike Gesicki

Tight End #86
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 9
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 247 lb.
College:Penn State
Born:October 3, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (42)
Draft Team:MIA

Mike Gesicki: Hauls in clutch TD in finale

Gesicki secured four of seven targets for 34 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Gesicki was held in check for the majority of Sunday's upset win, but he showed up with just 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter by beating cornerback Patrick Chung to reel in a game-winning touchdown pass. After being held without a score in his rookie season, Gesicki caught 51 of 89 targets for 570 yards and five touchdowns across 16 games in 2019. The Dolphins will work to further develop the ultra-athletic Penn State product as a red zone weapon with the 2020 season in mind.

December 30, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Mike Gesicki: First career two-touchdown day

Gesicki secured six of 12 targets for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins' 38-35 overtime win against the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year tight end was clicking with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, recording scoring grabs of 31 and 13 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively. Gesicki has come to life after a mostly moribund first half of the season, as he's brought in 32 of 57 targets for 383 yards and four touchdowns over his last eight games. Gesicki will look to put a fitting stamp on his strong second half in a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 3:28 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Four catches in loss

Gesicki caught four of eight targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Gesicki has cooled down after a two-game touchdown streak, totaling five catches for 53 yards in two games since. The second-year tight end has tantalizing physical gifts, but he's still trying to find consistency. Playing for a 3-11 Dolphins team doesn't help in that regard, though an even worse opponent awaits in Week 16, with the 1-13 Bengals coming to town.

December 15, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Falls off against Jets

Gesicki was only able to bring in one of five targets for a gain of six yards during Sunday's 22-21 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Gesicki had a nice two games prior to Sunday's outing, totaling 107 yards and two touchdowns. He was unable to keep up pace against a Jets defense that makes it tough on tight ends with so much talent at safety. If there is a silver lining to Sunday's clunker, it's that Gesicki was targeted in the red zone three times, all three inside the 10-yard line, after notching just four red-zone targets all season. He'll look to convert some of those into touchdowns Sunday against the Giants' 26th-ranked pass defense.

December 10, 2019 9:58 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Scores for second straight game

Gesicki caught five of seven targets for 79 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-31 win against the Eagles.

Analysis: The second-year tight end has seemingly opened the flood gates in the TD department, as he's now scored in consecutive weeks after failing to reach the end zone during his first 26 regular-season games. He's been more highly involved than ever over the past two weeks, commanding a combined 14 targets against the Browns and Eagles after garnering just 4.3 targets per game between Weeks 1 and 11. Gesicki is operating within a Dolphins offense that has exceeded 24 points in three of its past five outings, after failing to reach that mark once Weeks 1 through 8. Upcoming next he faces a tough matchup, however, taking on a Jets defense that has allowed just 48 receptions and two touchdowns to the tight end position all year.

December 1, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Notches first career TD in loss

Gesicki secured three of seven targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 41-24 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year tight end finally broke the scoring ice in his career Sunday, bringing in an 11-yard scoring toss from Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the third quarter for the Dolphins' first touchdown of the game. Gesicki came into the NFL a season ago with a reputation as an above-average pass-catching tight end, but the Dolphins' quarterback issues have played a large part in the Penn State product's underwhelming numbers overall. Gesicki does seem to be building some momentum with at least three catches in four straight contests, and he'll look to keep that streak going versus the Eagles in Week 13.

November 24, 2019 2:33 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Held in check

Gesicki caught four of six passes for 18 total yards during Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Gesicki was targeted six times for the third consecutive contest Sunday, but -- unlike at other points this season -- he was unable to make the defense pay down field. The sophomore's stock is rising as there is an obvious concerted effort to get him the ball, but he's been too inconsistent to rely on with just two games of over 50 yards receiving and no scores this season. It'd be a surprise if he takes too much of a step forward against a very good Cleveland pass defense Sunday.

November 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Career-high receiving yards

Gesicki caught three of seven targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Gesicki posted the highest receiving yardage total of his young career during the Week 6 loss, although his catch rate left something to be desired. The Dolphins stand to continue giving Gesicki ample opportunities as the season continues, in order to further his development as an aerial weapon, but he nonetheless remains difficult to rely on for fantasy production. The second-year pro has a tough matchup against the Bills coming up Week 7.

October 13, 2019 6:12 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Not targeted versus Chargers

Gesicki was not targeted during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Gesicki didn't factor into the Dolphins' plans on offense Week 4. Since being targeted six times Week 1, Gesicki has only received five targets across the last three contests. With the Dolphins on bye this week, the second-year tight end is safe to leave on waivers in all but the deepest of leagues.

September 30, 2019 8:59 AM EST

Mike Gesicki: Held to nine yards versus Dallas

Gesicki caught all three targets for nine yards during Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gesicki has only notched six catches for 51 yards without a touchdown through three games. The second-year tight end remains off the fantasy radars in most formats, though he could see increased targets Week 4 versus the Chargers with Albert Wilson (calf/hip) and Allen Hurns (concussion) both nursing injuries.

September 23, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: One catch in loss

Gesicki caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 43-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Gesicki's lack of Week 2 production was due in part to the Dolphins' offense struggling as a whole, though it's still not encouraging to see the second-year tight end fail to draw notable targets even with Albert Wilson (calf/hip) sidelined. DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Jakeem Grant, Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage all saw higher target volume than Gesicki during Sunday's loss. He's not on the fantasy radar as a week-to-week contributor.

September 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Mike Gesicki: Inefficient in loss

Gesicki brought in two of six targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 59-10 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Gesicki tied his second-highest career mark for receiving yards in a game but nonetheless failed to make a significant impact. The second-year tight end struggled with drops and hauling in errant throws from Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he still did not look like an asset as a blocker. Expect Gesicki to continue receiving ample opportunity as he works to make use of his unique athleticism, but his fantasy impact will remain capped unless Miami's offense improves as a whole.

September 9, 2019 7:59 AM EST

Mike Gesicki: Makes clutch catch

Gesicki caught all three of his targets for 59 total yards during Thursday's 22-7 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Gesicki made the most of his opportunities Thursday, kickstarting the Miami offense with a 28-yard catch-and-run to set up the first of two second-quarter field goals and then slipping behind his defender for a 29-yard catch downfield on the way to Miami's touchdown drive to open the second half. The Dolphins are not short on potential at receiver, but Gesicki offers some unique athleticism at tight end and should play an intriguing role no matter who is throwing him passes. Offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, who has spent the past decade in New England, probably has an idea or two on how to use a tight end of Gesicki's skillset.

August 22, 2019 8:46 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Nabs two passes

Gesicki caught two of three targets for 14 yards during Friday's 16-14 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Gesicki's three targets came during a four-play span over two drives in the first half in which the Dolphins were clearly trying to get the sophomore tight end more involved. Lack of clarity at quarterback clearly hampers Gesicki and his fellow targets, but the pairing between Gesicki and the coaching staff that helped oversea Rob Gronkowski's peak remains tantalizing. As Gesicki grows in the offense, which he is reportedly doing already, expect for his unique athleticism to shine through.

August 16, 2019 10:11 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: One catch against Dirty Birds

Gesicki caught one of his two targets, accounting for six receiving yards during Thursday's 34-27 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: Gesicki was on the receiving end of Ryan Fitzpatrick's first pass attempt of the season, but didn't have any further offensive involvement after that point, and was soon relieved by backup Clive Walford. In a fantasy landscape with few elite options at tight end, the second-year man out of Penn State could be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues. The Dolphins did, after all, invest an early second-round draft choice in Gesicki just 14 months ago, after he amassed 14 receiving scores over his final two seasons with the Nittany Lions.

August 8, 2019 10:45 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Coming on in camp

Gesicki impressed as a pass catcher in practice Tuesday, Barry Jackson reports.

Analysis: Gesicki has been a mixed bag through the beginning of training camp but now appears to be slowly gaining momentum. The second-year pro hauled in at least one touchdown Tuesday among his numerous catches, while fellow tight end Dwayne Allen (knee) participated in his first set of 11-on-11 drills. The opportunity is there for Gesicki to earn himself a three-down role in Miami if he logs an impressive preseason, though if he struggles it's conceivable that any of Allen, Nick O'Leary and Durham Smythe pass him on the depth chart.

August 7, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Sophomore improvements expected

Gesicki said he feels "more comfortable" and is "able to adapt a little bit quicker" heading into his second NFL season, Chris Perkins of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Following an unimpressive rookie campaign in which he caught only 22 passes for 202 yards, Gesicki appears primed to take a step forward in Year 2. Rookie struggles are par for the course at the tight end position, and Gesicki was specifically billed as an athletic but raw prospect when the Dolphins selected him No. 42 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The team acquired Dwayne Allen in free agency, a veteran known for his blocking ability, which should allow Gesicki to focus on his strengths as a receiving weapon and red zone threat. As a focal piece of Miami's rebuilding process, it seems likely that Gesicki will receive plenty of snaps and opportunities to develop in 2019.

June 20, 2019 5:18 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: Adds additional weight

Gesicki has put on 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Gesicki never had much of an opportunity to display the type of athleticism that made him a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, compiling just 22 catches and 220 yards in his rookie campaign. The largest knock on Gesicki's prospect profile was his inability to block, something that was likely on the minds of the Dolphins' brass when signing the primarily blocking tight end Dwayne Allen, but the 23-year-old seems to be aware of the criticism, putting on additional muscle in an effort to be a more well-rounded option. Considering a rebuild seems to be a focal point in Miami, the Dolphins may well opt to give the majority of the snaps to their young tight end, particularly if he displays more promise as a blocker.

April 20, 2019 10:12 AM EST

Mike Gesicki: Getting love from new staff

General manager Chris Grier said the new coaching staff has spent a lot of time discussing how to best use Gesicki in 2019, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: Selected at No. 42 overall in last year's draft, Gesicki played all 16 games (seven starts) as a rookie but managed just 22 catches for 202 yards on 32 targets. The quiet year was pretty typical for a rookie tight end -- even one with an impressive combination of college production and combine stats. Gesicki did come into the league facing serious questions about his blocking, and the Dolphins' signing of Dwayne Allen suggests they still have that same concern. Even so, the franchise's commitment to a rebuilding process should work in favor of the 23-year-old over his 29-year-old counterpart. It also doesn't hurt that the Dolphins lack a target hog at wide receiver and signed a quarterback (Ryan Fitzpatrick) who favors a risky approach.

March 25, 2019 2:27 PM EST

Mike Gesicki: One catch to cap rookie season

Gesicki caught one of two targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills. He finishes the season with 22 catches for 202 yards.

Analysis: Gesicki was drafted by Miami in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft primarily to serve as a red zone threat, but ends his rookie season without a single touchdown. Despite failing to make an impact in the Dolphins' offense all year, Gesicki remains a key part of the team's plans for the future and possesses a significant amount of upside going forward. Tight ends historically require a significant amount of time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL, and Gesicki's development should be approached with patience and tempered optimism. The 23-year-old will likely remain off the fantasy radar this offseason, but changes to Miami's personnel groups and coaching staff could propel Gesicki into a better situation in 2019 if the Dolphins' offense as a whole is able to improve.

December 30, 2018 4:20 PM EST

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