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.
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.
Gesicki has put on 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason, Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel reports.
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 mind of the Dolphins' brass when signing Dwayne Allen (primarily a blocking tight end), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gesicki caught his only target for five yards during Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Jaguars.
Gesicki has now caught four passes across his last five games. The rookie second-round pick has showcased his potential as a red-zone threat on limited occasions this season but has yet to put together anything close to resembling a complete game. Gesicki is not worth fantasy attention outside of dynasty formats.
Gesicki caught two of three targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Vikings.
Gesicki was the only tight end on the Dolphins' roster to record a catch Week 15, but he was once again unable to put up notable fantasy points. In Miami's low-octane passing offense -- Ryan Tannehill completed only 11 of 24 passes for 108 yards without a touchdown during Sunday's loss -- Gesicki remains off the fantasy radar. The 23-year-old is an intriguing dynasty prospect but not worth rostering in most other formats at the moment.
Gesicki was not targeted during Miami's 21-17 win over the Bills.
Gesicki did not record a single offensive statistic during Miami's Week 13 victory. The rookie tight end has only been targeted three times throughout the Dolphins' last four games and will remain off the fantasy radar heading into Sunday's divisional tilt against the Patriots.
Gesicki brought in his only target for five yards and fumbled once during Miami's 27-24 loss to the Colts on Sunday.
Gesicki fumbled late in the second quarter, ending Miami's attempt at a two-minute drill on the first play of the drive. The rookie second-round pick has gone three straight games without recording more than one catch, and has surpassed 50 receiving yards just once this season. Gesicki remains an intriguing dynasty prospect, but is unlikely to achieve much fantasy relevance this year.
Gesicki brought in his only target during Sunday's 31-12 loss to the Packers.
Gesicki saw less offensive snaps (20) than fellow tight ends A.J. Derby and Nick O'Leary, and received only one target for the second straight week. It's hard to imagine the rookie second-round pick putting up big numbers while splitting snaps in Miami's mediocre passing offense, but Gesicki remains a key part of the Dolphins' plans for the future.
Gesicki did not catch his only target during Sunday's 13-6 win over the Jets.
Gesicki was the target of quarterback Brock Osweiler's only pass to the tight end position Week 9, but he failed to reel the ball in. The rookie has not put up a goose egg since Week 2, also a contest against the Jets, during which he was not targeted. Gesicki will look to bounce back during Miami's tilt against Green Bay on Sunday, in which the Dolphins' passing offense may see more volume.
Gesicki (shoulder) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Texans.
Meanwhile, A.J. Derby (foot) is inactive, which sets the stage for Gesicki and Nick O'Leary to lead the Dolphins' Week 8 tight end corps. Gesicki, who the team took 42nd overall in April's draft, caught all three of his targets for a season-high 44 yards this past Sunday against the Lions and his involvement in the Miami passing game could continue to expand, with wideouts Albert Wilson (hip/IR) and Kenny Stills (groin) both sidelined Thursday night.
Gesicki (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Texans, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports.
Gesicki was a full participant during the Dolphins' walk-through practice Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for him to avoid an injury designation on a short week. It would be surprising if Gesicki wasn't available Thursday, but those relying on the rookie will want to examine his status prior to the 8:20 p.m. EDT kickoff. Gesicki hauled in all three of his targets for a season-high 44 yards in Week 7 against the Lions and could see his role expand this week with the team down two of its top wideouts in Albert Wilson (hip) and Kenny Stills (groin).
Gesicki (shoulder) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
The fact that Gesicki was on the field in any capacity offers some reassurance that his shoulder injury isn't a significant one, but his status for Week 8 could still be in some jeopardy due to the Dolphins playing on Thursday night. If available for the tilt with the Texans, Gesicki would likely work behind Nick O'Leary, who seems to have emerged as the team's top tight end over the past two games.
Gesicki was limited in Monday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Gesicki seems to have sustained a shoulder injury during Miami's 32-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday, in which he brought in three of three targets for 44 yards. The rookie tight end was also subjected to double coverage in the red zone, so it would appear that Gesicki has earned an increased role in the Dolphins' offense in the absence of A.J. Derby (foot). The severity of Gesicki's shoulder injury remains undisclosed, but Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports that the rookie tight end is doing better than coach Adam Gase expected. Gesicki's status is up in the air for Thursday's game against the Texans.
Gesicki brought in three of three targets for 44 yards during the Dolphins' 32-21 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
Gesicki also tied his season high in targets during the Week 7 loss. The second-round rookie logged his strongest receiving game of the season and could be in line for a big opporunity against the Texans on Thursday with Albert Wilson (hip), Kenny Stills (undisclosed) and DeVante Parker (quadriceps) all banged up with a short week to recover.
Gesicki played just 27 of the Dolphins' 78 offensive snaps (35 percent) in Sunday's 31-28 overtime win over the Bears. He was targeted twice and recorded an 11-yard reception.
Gesicki had started the past two games with A.J. Derby (foot) sidelined, but Nick O'Leary -- who had been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the month -- assumed most of the reps at tight end in Week 7. While the coaching staff recently acknowledged Gesicki's improvement as a blocker since training camp, he still remains underdeveloped in that phase of the game, which may have prompted the decision to rely on O'Leary. In addition to his blocking prowess, O'Leary hauled in all four of his targets for 49 yards and the Dolphins' only touchdown of the first half, which may have been enough for him to secure his spot above Gesicki on the depth chart. The rookie's outlook is further hindered by the potential return of Derby, who appears to be close to playing again after practicing last week.
Coach Adam Gase said Thursday that Gesicki "has made a lot of strides" in his blocking since the season began, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Gesicki's credentials as a pass catcher were never in much dispute after he was one of the FBS' most productive receiving tight ends during his college career at Penn State, but his less refined blocking skills prevented him from securing a starting role heading into his inaugural campaign. The rookie was thrust into a more pronounced role over the last two weeks, however, while A.J. Derby (foot) was sidelined, as Gesicki logged 30-plus snaps in both contests. Derby could be ready to return Week 6 against the Bears, but Gase's comments about Gesicki's blocking offer hope that the latter may retain the edge in tight-end snaps.
Gesicki reeled in three of five targets for 26 yards during Miami's 27-17 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Gesicki had a quiet day despite receiving the majority of tight ends snaps with A.J. Derby (foot) inactive. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill posted only 185 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble, and it will be difficult for Gesicki to achieve a more involved role in Miami's offense unless the team's passing game is able to take off at some point this season.
Gesicki nabbed one of two passes for nine yards in the Dolphins' 38-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Miami's offense was quiet as a whole, but Gesicki did play an encouraging 84 percent of offensive snaps with fellow tight end A.J. Derby (foot) sidelined. Gesicki had no chance of making an impact in a game where quarterback Ryan Tannehill failed to eclipse 100 passing yards or throw a single touchdown, but the rookie tight end nonetheless stands to have a solid opportunity against the Bengals in Week 5.
Gesicki will start at tight end Sunday against the Patriots, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
A.J. Derby exited in the first half of the Dolphins' Week 3 win over the Raiders with a foot injury, which paved the way for Gesicki to pick up meaningful snaps. The rookie hauled in all three of his targets for 31 yards in the contest and should have a solid opportunity to build on that performance with Derby inactive for Sunday's game.
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|