Gesicki was not targeted during Sunday's 20-12 win over the Jets.
Gesicki remains behind fellow tight end AJ Derby, who reeled in his only target for a touchdown. It was expected for Gesicki to have a limited role to begin the season, and it wouldn't be surprising if the 22-year-old were unable to achieve fantasy relevance in his rookie year given the length of time it generally takes to acclimate to the NFL tight end position. Gesicki's usage should nonetheless increase as the season continues, and the rookie remains a key part of Miami's plans for the future.
Gesicki caught one of two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's victory against the Titans.
As expected, Gesicki started the season behind fellow tight end AJ Derby. The second-round rookie saw only 21 offensive snaps compared to Derby's 46, although Derby was not targeted at all in the passing game. Gesicki's usage stands to increase as the season continues, but it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old will see the target volume necessary to achieve fantasy relevance in his rookie season.
With MarQueis Gray having landed on IR, Gesicki figures to see an expanded role out of the gate this season.
The No. 42 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft already had sleeper potential, but with Gray out of the mix, Gesicki who excelled at the NFL Combine in March, appears poised to carve out a pass-catching role in the Miami offense. Though A.J. Derby was previously listed as the Dolphins' No. 2 tight end behind Gray, Gesicki's combo of athleticism and opportunity make him the upside play here. The only caveat is that the young tight end's blocking is a work in progress.
Coach Adam Gase confirmed that Gesicki is primed for a major role, Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Gesicki got the start in each of Miami's first three preseason games and didn't play at all in the final contest. It's a strong hint he'll enter Week 1 as the starter, despite catching just one pass for 10 yards during the preseason. The track record of rookie tight ends turning in viable fantasy production isn't strong, but that's often related to a lack of playing time, something that shouldn't be an issue in this specific case. Gesicki put up solid numbers at Penn State and displayed rare athleticism at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, with his prospect profile hinting at first-round status if not for his struggles as a blocker. The No. 42 overall pick will start his season with a Week 1 home game against Tennessee.
Gesicki started last week against Tampa Bay but didn't manage to haul in either of his two targets. The second straight start seems to indicate the team is happy with how he's performed in practice, but solid game performances would help to solidify his role on the offense.
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