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Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Date of Birth:  10/03/1995
Age:  26
Height  6'6"
Weight:   249
College:  Penn State
Drafted:  2018 | Round 2 | Pick 42
Depth Chart:  Starter

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE


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Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

The Dolphins are placing the franchise tag on Mike Gesicki.

While Gesicki might not be a top-tier run blocker in a Mike McDaniel offense that is going to want to run the ball, it's not a surprise that the Dolphins are tagging an extremely talented tight end target in Gesicki. The former second-round pick would make around $11 million on the franchise tag (though he might argue he should be designated as a wide receiver, which would make him more money on the tag), but we'll see if he and Miami can agree to a long-term deal by the deadline this summer. Gesicki scored just twice last season, but he's coming off career-highs in receptions (73) and yardage (780).

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is officially active for Week 16.

Gesicki missed just one game with his shoulder issue, as he's toughing it out and will play for the Dolphins tonight. Facing a leaky Raiders defense and at a shallow position, Gesicki should be a strong TE1 option in fantasy lineups.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is inactive today.

There was late-week optimism regarding Gesicki's status, but he won't be able to play, so Miami is extremely shorthanded on offense. Adam Shaheen or Durham Smythe could be a decent desperation option at tight end, but you might be better off going with someone in a more high-scoring game.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Week 15.

Gesicki was able to get on the practice field today, giving himself a chance to play on Sunday despite suffering a shoulder injury last week. Coming off a two-touchdown performance, Gesicki would likely be a solid fantasy option if active against the Patriots.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki (shoulder) officially did not practice today.

This isn't a surprise after Gesicki left last Sunday's game with his arm hanging following the shoulder injury. Gesicki appears to be on the doubtful side of things for Week 15, but we'll let you know if he returns to practice during the week.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki leaves game with apparent shoulder injury.

Gesicki was down on the field after basically being folded up following a short grab, but hopefully it’s not as bad as it appeared it might have been. Before leaving the game, Gesicki caught five passes for 65 yards and two scores.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches game-winning score as Miami upsets New England.

Gesicki caught four-of-seven targets for 34 yards, including a five-yard touchdown reception across the middle to give Miami a 27-24 lead (and victory) with just 24 seconds remaining. Despite being written off by some after a quiet rookie season, Gesicki proved he has the makings of a top-shelf tight end, finishing with a 51/570/5 line and showing impressive toughness in traffic to complement his unique size/athleticism. The Penn State product already finished as a low-end TE1 in 2019, and he could make another leap next year.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki put on weight this offseason.

The second-year tight end said he weighed around 240 pounds last year for his playing weight and is now up to 253 pounds. Gesicki is pretty much an athletic freak, and this weight gain was intended as he looks to add more mass to his frame and remain on the field as much as possible. As long as the 2018 second-round pick's explosiveness doesn't decline too much with added weight, this weight-gain development is a positive as he enters his second NFL season. Gesicki will look to improve his new coaching staff and emerge as the Dolphins' clear No. 1 tight end in 2019, and we believe he certainly has the upside to have a huge impact this season. Dynasty owners should target Gesicki after he had just 22 receptions for 202 yards in relatively limited playing time as a rookie.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches one pass in Week 17 loss.

It went for 18 yards. Gesicki's rookie campaign ends with 22 receptions for 202 yards (9.2 YPC) and zero touchdowns, but his upside makes him one of the top buy-low options in dynasty leagues. The No. 42 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft should enter 2019 as a starter and will hopefully be trusted more in the red zone. Gesicki should be a quality late-round tight end to target next summer.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches one pass in loss to the Jaguars.

It went for five yards. Gesicki will look to at least find the end zone for the first time in the season finale, but fantasy owners can look ahead to 2019 for the second-round rookie to contribute.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches two passes in Week 15.

Gesicki gained 23 yards on his two receptions against the Vikings, including a nice catch-and-run in the flat early in the game. The rookie tight end might get more involved the final two weeks of the season, but he's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki did not catch a pass in Week 13.

The second-round rookie tight end is not yet an option in fantasy lineups, but he remains a very strong dynasty-league hold.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki loses a fumble in Week 12 loss.

Gesicki caught one pass for five yards, but he put the ball on the ground at the end of the first half (it fortunately didn't lead to points for the Colts). This season has been a struggle for the talented second-round pick, but dynasty owners shouldn't panic, as tight ends rarely contribute early in their career. Gesicki won't be a recommended fantasy option next week as the Bills come to town.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches one pass in Dolphins' loss.

Gesicki caught a pass in the flat and brushed off a tackle, showing great balance, to gain five yards, but it was his lone target of the day. The rookie tight end is just a strong dynasty-league hold for now.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki doesn't catch a pass in Week 9.

The Dolphins passes for just 139 yards against the Jets, so Gesicki wasn't alone in having a quiet performance. The rookie tight end remains just a strong dynasty-league hold for now.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches four passes in Dolphins' loss.

Gesicki gained 14 yards on his four receptions against the Texans, as he caught underneath passes and took some big hits in the Week 8 loss. The rookie tight end was also targeted on a pass deep down the field, but it was out of reach. Gesicki is on pace for 32 receptions and 292 yards this season, so he's not a highly-recommended fantasy option to start the season half of the season. He's someone to keep an eye on, though.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches all three targets against the Lions.

Gesicki gained 44 yards on his three Week 7 receptions, with a long reception of 27 yards. The yardage total marks a new career-high for the rookie tight end, but he continues to split work with Nick O'Leary, making him difficult to trust in fantasy lineups right now.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches one pass against the Bears.

Gesicki's lone reception in the Week 6 win went for 11 yards. The talented rookie tight end isn't a recommended fantasy option yet.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki caught three passes for 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Gesicki saw five targets in the loss, but the biggest miss came on an overthrow by Ryan Tannehill down the right sideline for what would have been a long gain and a potential touchdown. Miami's second-round pick has yet to score through five games, but we wouldn't write off a 2018 impact, and Gesicki has firmly established himself as the team's No. 1 tight end. Perhaps he will find the end zone against Chicago next Sunday, but the rookie is just a TE2 option.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches one pass in loss to the Patriots.

It went for nine yards. The rookie seemed to be in a slam-dunk spot against a New England defense that had major issues entering Week 4, but Miami was dominated in all facets. Gesicki is seeing the majority of snaps at tight end for the Dolphins, though, and he has a the talent to breakout in the very near future. Consider him an upside TE2 for Week 5 against Cincinnati.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki catches all three targets against the Raiders.

Gesicki gained 31 yards on his three receptions, including a long of 19 yards. The rookie tight end should get more comfortable with more experience, but he's not a recommended fantasy option quite yet.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki doesn't catch a pass in Week 2.

Gesicki wasn't targeted against the Jets, but Ryan Tannehill threw only 23 passes in the win. Gesicki has touchdown upside, but he's difficult to trust in fantasy lineups for now.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Mike Gesicki records first reception in NFL debut.

It went for 11 yards. Gesicki also got a chance on a fade in the end zone, but it was an underthrown ball from Ryan Tannehill that was intercepted. The rookie will look to breakout out in Week 2 against the Jets, and his touchdown upside makes him a streaming candidate.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said the team drafted Mike Gesicki "to come catch touchdowns in the red area."

For those unaware, the red area means the red zone. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says the while Gesicki is buried on the depth chart, the team "loves" him and he should be considered the starter. Loggains said yesterday that Gesicki was going to a blocking drill while a passing drill was going on, and he said they sent him to the passing drill basically because they brought him in to be a weapon in the passing game. Miami is going to have Gesicki work on improving his blocking, but it appears they already have a plan for him as a passing-game weapon regardless of his strides as a blocker. Gesicki, a physical freak with exceptional ball skills that we thought should have been drafted in the first round, offers TE1 upside as a rookie.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

Andy Cohen of MiamiDolphins.com believes Mike Gesicki is showing great progress.

Cohen writes: "As the days of training camp have passed, we have begun to see a noticeable difference in rookie tight end Mike Gesicki." The second-round pick from Penn State says he feels comfortable with the mental aspect of the game now and is just going out and playing instead of thinking—a major positive at a position rookies historically have struggled to make a huge impact. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill noted that "if you put the ball anywhere near [Gesicki], he has the ability to either jump and get it or reach out and get it. He has a huge catch radius." The six-foot-six tight end had an amazing NFL combine that showed off his elite athleticism, and he was a productive player with the Nittany Lions. His performance as a blocker might determine the amount of playing time he gets, but there's definite TE1 upside if he's the clear starter for Miami.

Mike Gesicki | Dolphins TE

The Dolphins have selected Penn State Mike Gesicki with the No. 42 pick (second round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It's easy to see what head coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins saw in Gesicki, as he is in some ways similar to Julius Thomas, who Gase coached in both Denver and Miami. Gesicki has freakish athletic ability, as he showed when he lit up the NFL Combine, and it shows on the football field. Though rookie tight ends typically don't have a ton of success, Gesicki might step right in as the primary red-zone target for the Dolphins; and despite run-blocking not being a strength, Gesicki is likely to be the team's clear starter in 2018. TE1 production is a possibility in year one for Gesicki.