Mike Gesicki

Miami Dolphins
Tight End #86
Miami Dolphins
Tight End #86
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Mike Gesicki News

Inks franchise tender

Gesicki has signed his franchise tag tender with the Dolphins, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: There had been some speculation that Gesicki might file a grievance over his franchise tag position, but the 26-year-old is now in line to play for the $10.9 million allotted to tight ends. This past season, Gesicki recorded 73 catches (on 112 targets) for 780 yards and two TDs in 17 games and he'll continue to profile as the Dolphins' top pass-catching option at his position once again in 2022. In the process, he'll maintain fantasy relevance, more so it he's able to hit pay dirt on a more frequent basis. Given that he combined for 11 scores in 31 games between the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, that's a plausible outcome this coming season.

Mar 14, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Could challenge positional tag

Gesicki may file a grievance over his franchise tag position, as the tight end designation carries a $10.9 million salary as opposed to the $18.4 mark for wide receivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Miami officially placed the franchise tag on Gesicki prior to Tuesday's 4:00 PM deadline, and specifically called the 26-year-old a tight end in the announcement. As Fowler notes, Gesicki only operated in pass protection on 3.7 percent of quarterback dropbacks last season, and his 266 run blocks were tied for the 28th lowest mark at the position. Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network further notes that Gesicki handled the most snaps out of the slot at the tight end position in 2021, so he could have a case if an official grievance is ultimately filed. It's unclear whether Miami would go ahead with the plan to franchise tag Gesicki if the cost were to increase by $7.5 million.

Mar 8, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Dolphins apply franchise tag

Miami used their franchise tag on Gesicki on Tuesday, a league source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Gesicki becomes the second tight end to receive the franchise tag this offseason, with the Browns already having brought back David Njoku. The move keeps Gesicki, who is coming off a career season, in the building for 2022 while carrying a $10.8 million salary. The 26-year-old secured 73 of 112 targets for 780 and two scores across 17 appearances in 2021, serving as Tua Tagovailoa's second option in the passing game for much of the year. Despite the fact that Gesicki isn't known as a standout blocker, it appears that new coach Mike McDaniel expects him to remain an integral part of the offensive scheme.

Mar 8, 2022 6:17 AM EST

Career season ends on quiet note

Gesicki secured two of three targets for 22 yards during the Dolphins' season-finale 33-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Gesicki put together a career year in 2021, finishing the campaign with 73 catches for 780 yards and two touchdowns in 17 appearances. This offseason the Dolphins will need to make a key decision about Gesicki's future with the team, as he is currently set for free agency. Miami's clearest choice between re-signing the 2018 second-round pick or letting him walk. The team could also opt to tag the receiving tight end, and/or to attempt to trade him and recoup some value on investment. After operating as essentially the team's No. 2 receiving option in 2021, Gesicki's value to the Dolphins' offense is clear. However, with coaching changes already having been made, it's unclear how much value Miami will place on positional continuity this offseason.

Jan 11, 2022 3:57 AM EST

Paces team in receiving yardage

Gesicki brought in four of seven targets for 51 yards and also misfired on his one pass attempt in the Dolphins' 34-3 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: The talented tight end co-led the team in receptions and tied for second in targets on a pedestrian afternoon overall for the Dolphins passing game. Gesicki has at least five receptions in three of the past four games, while his yardage total Sunday was his highest since Week 9. The fourth-year pro's final opportunity to improve on what is now a career-best 71-758 line comes in Week 18 versus the Patriots.

Jan 2, 2022 5:04 PM EST

Makes three grabs

Gesicki caught three of four targets for 22 yards in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Gesicki trailed only Jaylen Waddle for Miami's team lead in receptions, but his production paled in comparison to the rookie's 10 grabs for 92 yards and a score. In a vertically-challenged passing attack, Gesicki represents a big-bodied target for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but he's topped 50 yards just once over the Dolphins' current seven-game win streak. That illustrates Gesicki's modest upside, but his 47 targets over that same span evidences his consistent role, helping his stock's floor.

Dec 27, 2021 8:47 PM EST

Five catches in Week 15 win

Gesicki caught five of eight targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Gesicki tied DeVante Parker for the team lead in targets but trailed both Parker (68) and Isaiah Ford (51) in receiving yards. The tight end has been reliable but far from spectacular, as he's topped 40 yards while coming up short of 60 in eight of 14 games this season. All told, Gesicki has 64 catches for 685 yards and two touchdowns heading into a Week 16 matchup with the Saints.

Dec 19, 2021 3:12 PM EST

Tallies 11 targets

Gesicki recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Gesicki kept pace with Jaylen Waddle in terms of targets, the first time since Week 3 that he's racked up double-digit opportunities. While he converted a high number of those looks into catches, Gesicki was largely limited to looks in the short areas of the field as his longest catch went for only 17 yards -- also marking his only double-digit gain on the day. Gesicki has been targeted inconsistently this season, though it's encouraging that he was so involved even with DeVante Parker (shoulder) back on the field.

Dec 5, 2021 4:21 PM EST

Limited to three grabs

Gesicki brought in all three targets for 17 yards in the Dolphins' 33-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Gesicki was much less busy than usual, with his three targets qualifying as his fewest since since Week 1. The Penn State product hasn't visited the end zone since Week 7, but he does have at last three grabs in 10 of the last 11 games. A Week 13 home matchup against a Giants team that's played poor defense on the road should present a solid opportunity for the fourth-year tight end to put up some fantasy-worthy numbers.

Nov 28, 2021 4:21 PM EST

Bounces back with five catches

Gesicki caught five of six targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: This was by no means a flashy effort, but Gesicki's fantasy managers will gladly take it after he was blanked by Baltimore last week. The 26-year-old tight end has been held without a catch twice this season, but he's surpassed 40 receiving yards in all nine other games this season, giving Gesicki one of the highest floors at his position heading into a Week 12 visit from the Panthers.

Nov 21, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Surprisingly blanked in win

Gesicki failed to bring in any of his seven targets in the Dophins' 22-10 win over the Ravens on Thursday night.

Analysis: On a celebratory night for the Dolphins due to the sizable upset, Gesicki was a surprising non-factor despite logging a team-high amount of targets. The young veteran hadn't been held without a catch since a Week 6 contest against the Jets last season, and his first chance to atone for the shutout comes against that same New York squad a week from Sunday in a Week 11 road matchup.

Nov 12, 2021 5:04 AM EST

Four grabs in win

Gesicki brought in four of eight targets for 54 yards in the Dolphins' 17-9 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Gesicki checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets to Jaylen Waddle on the afternoon for the Dolphins and recorded a couple of nifty one-handed grabs along the way. The Penn State product has eclipsed 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games, sending him into the Week 10 home Thursday night matchup against the Ravens with some solid momentum.

Nov 7, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Records two-point play in loss

Gesicki secured three of four targets for 48 yards and also caught a two-point conversion pass in the Dolphins' 26-11 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: The talented tight end's yardage total, modest as it was, checked in second only to that of DeVante Parker's on the Dolphins for the afternoon. However, with a long catch of 40 yards, Gesicki's other two grabs went for just eight yards. The two-point conversion reception helped prop up his totals just slightly, but Gesicki still finished with his lowest reception total since Week 2. Next up for the Penn State product and his teammates is a matchup versus the Texans' Cover-2 scheme, which does give up a fair amount of production to tight ends.

Oct 31, 2021 3:49 PM EST

Records TD in close loss

Gesicki recorded seven of eight targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 30-28 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The fourth-year tight end co-led the Dolphins in receptions and targets while pacing the team in receiving yards. Gesicki recorded his second touchdown of the year in the latter portion of the third quarter, bringing in a six-yard scoring toss from Tua Tagovailoa with 5:18 remaining in the period. This was yet another encouraging performance from Gesicki after he'd posted an 8-115 line on nine targets against the Jaguars in London in Week 6, and he'll look to keep the momentum going in a tough Week 8 road battle against the Bills.

Oct 24, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Tops 100 receiving yards

Gesicki recorded eight receptions on nine targets for 115 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Gesicki was heavily involved throughout the game and contributed three receptions of 20 yards or more. He benefited from the Dolphins taking to the air 47 times, though only Jaylen Waddle commanded more targets for the team. That volume may be difficult for Gesicki to carry forward once DeVante Parker (soulder) is able to return to the field, though he has topped 50 receiving yards in three of his last four games.

Oct 17, 2021 11:21 AM EST

Held in check by Bucs

Gesicki secured four of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Gesicki was relatively productive in what proved to be a blowout loss to Tampa Bay, and he recorded his third game of the season with double-digit average yards per reception. The athletic tight end has drawn at least six targets in each of the last three games, and it's possible he could have Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) back in the lineup in time to face the Jaguars in Week 6.

Oct 12, 2021 2:43 AM EST

Makes late TD grab in loss

Gesicki brought in five of six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 27-17 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: The fourth-year tight end led the Dolphins in receptions while checking in second to DeVante Parker in receiving yards. Gesicki also recorded his first touchdown reception of the season on a one-yard catch in the fourth quarter, albeit too late to make any difference in the outcome for the Dolphins. Gesicki now has a 15-143-1 line through the last two games, and he'll look to continue cultivating his connection with Jacoby Brissett in what will likely be the quarterback's final start for the time being in place of Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) during a Week 6 road matchup versus the Buccaneers.

Oct 3, 2021 3:02 PM EST

Leading receiver in OT loss

Gesicki caught 10 of 12 targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The tight end finished second on the Dolphins to Jaylen Waddle in catches and targets, but he out-paced the rookie by nearly 30 yards to lead the team. With backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett showing little ability to stretch the field, Gesicki could be in line for a big uptick in his volume and production as long as Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) remains sidelined, including in Week 4 at home against the Colts.

Sep 26, 2021 7:29 PM EST

Three catches in Week 2

Gesicki caught three of six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 35-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Gesicki was third in both targets and receiving yards behind wide receivers DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle. It was encouraging to see the 25-year-old tight end get more involved after failing to record a catch in the season opener, but Gesicki's struggles as a blocker will likely continue to limit his usage in Week 3 against the Raiders and beyond. Jacoby Brissett played most of the game under center following Tua Tagovailoa's rib injury, so it remains to be seen who will be throwing to Gesicki moving forward.

Sep 19, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Impressive on two grabs

Gesicki secured both targets for 43 yards in the Dolphins' 37-17 preseason win over the Falcons on Saturday night.

Analysis: Gesicki checked in second to Mack Hollins in receiving yardage among non-running backs for the night. The 25-year-old endured a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in camp, but as Saturday's performance demonstrated, he seems back to his usual form. Gesicki should once again play an important role in the passing game in 2021 after logging 174 total targets over the last two seasons, but the team's offseason wide receiver additions and the return of Albert Wilson after an opt-out season could ding the fourth-year tight end's opportunities some.

Aug 21, 2021 7:48 PM EST

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