TE Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins
|6-6, 252||Born: 10-3-1995||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Mike Gesicki's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs NE (7 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
It was looking like a very quiet week for Gesicki after going off for 2 touchdowns a week ago. The Patriots defense held him in check until the last drive of the game and a go-ahead touchdown. Gesicki and Fitzpatrick had struggled to get on the same page to this point and had only connected on 3 of 6 passes. He was able to come up big when it mattered the most and scored a 5-yard touchdown with just 29 seconds left. It was a 1st and goal play from the 5 and Fitzpatrick found Gesicki across the middle for the score. It was a great route with Gesicki breaking to the outside before a quick cut back to the middle and Fitzpatrick delivering a strike. Before that touchdown saved the day, his longest catch had gone for 14 yards and it was looking like a down week. Gesicki is the tight end of the future for Miami and he has done nothing but solidify his spot for next year in the past few weeks.
2019 Week 16 vs CIN (12 / 6 / 82 / 2 rec)
The Dolphins finally started using Gesicki to his potential this week and increased his target share to the highest it has been all season. He had 12 different balls thrown his way this week and was able to come down with 6 of them. His longest play of the game also happened to be his 1st touchdown catch of the game. The play went for 31 yards after Fitzpatrick scrambled out of the pocket and the entire defense broke their coverage to stop the quarterback run. Gesicki saw this and worked his way down the field in to an open spot around the 5-yard line. Fitzpatrick delivered a strike and Gesicki back pedaled untouched into the end zone. His second touchdown came for 13 yards out and was the product of a great fake by Fitzpatrick. The initial read was a crossing pattern in the middle of the field, but Fitzpatrick pumped the ball and then found Gesicki in the corner of the end zone in single coverage. He put the ball up and let Gesicki make a play in the air. The big bodied tight end was able to knock down the much smaller corner in the air and come down with the ball for a touchdown. These are the type of results the team envisioned when they drafted him, and this game further solidifies Gesicki as the tight end of the future in Miami.
2019 Week 15 vs NYG (8 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
It was another slow week for anyone not named DeVante Parker and that included Gesicki. He has quickly turned into Fitzpatrick's second favorite target and tied for the team lead this week. He caught 4 of his 8 targets including a long 24-yard strike to setup the late touchdown to Parker. Miami has not found a way to utilize him in the red zone yet and continues to attack the seams and boundaries with him. They like his big and athletic frame but need to find better ways to get him involved in the offense. Miami seems content moving forward with Gesicki as their tight end of the future, but they will expect a lot more progress next season.
2019 Week 14 vs NYJ (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
After coming on strong in recent weeks, Gesicki fell back into old patterns and struggled this week. He did not look to be on the same page as Fitzpatrick this week as the duo only connected on 1 of their 5 targets for 6 yards. The Dolphins could have really used a big and athletic tight end in the red zone this week, but Gesicki was nowhere to be found. While Miami did not have trouble moving the ball between the 40s, Gesicki did not play a role in pushing them over the top and finding the end zone. It has been a very frustrating season for the rookie tight end but after trading Nick O'Leary to Jacksonville it looks like Gesicki is the guy they want to go with in the future.
2019 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
The rookie tight end now has his second career touchdown in as many weeks and is starting to play the role everyone had envisioned for him in this offense. He was the second leading receiver behind Parker this week and did a lot of damage outside of his touchdown catch. Gesicki caught 5 of his 7 targets including his 14-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick attacked the seams against a weak Philadelphia secondary and used the size of Gesicki against the smaller defenders. He had a pair of 21-yard catches up the seam to help set up pivotal touchdowns for Miami. His 14-yard touchdown catch came on a wheel route and some improvisation from Fitzpatrick. Gesicki was attacking a void in the zone coverage when he saw his quarterback flushed out of the pocket to the right. He turned his route up field and settled behind the corner in the back of the end zone. The Eagles defender came crashing down when they thought Fitzpatrick was going to run the ball and did not have enough time to correct and get back to Gesicki before he made the touchdown catch. It was a play that showed great chemistry between the two players and is hopefully a sign of big things to come.
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
It took 12 weeks, but the rookie tight end finally broke through with his first touchdown of the season. Gesicki caught 3 of his 7 targets for just 28 yards, but he was able to find the end zone. The big tight end caught the first touchdown of the game for Miami with an 11-yard leaping grab across the middle in the end zone. Fitzpatrick had one of the few clean pockets of the day and threaded the needle between the safeties to Gesicki. He had to go up and get it as the ball was a little high, but Fitzpatrick put it in a place that only his tight end could make a play. There could be more receiving opportunities for the rest of the season as injuries continue to mount in Miami, but Gesicki remains a low end tight end in this offense.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Another week and another disappointing performance from Gesicki. We have been waiting for him to break out all season long and make good on the promise of an athletic tight end in an offense that needs to throw the ball a lot. He still looks lost running his routes at times and has not done a good job in run blocking at all. He caught 4 of his 6 targets for 18 yards this week. 10 of those yards came on a single catch and Miami just did not call his number deep down the field at all. Fitzpatrick was harassed all day and did not have time to let the tight end run routes deeper down the field. Gesicki still does not have to fear Nick O'Leary behind him, but he will have to play much better if he truly wants to be their tight end of the future.
2019 Week 10 vs IND (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
This was shaping up to be a breakout week for Gesicki, but he literally fumbled it away. One the very first drive of the game, a very promising Dolphins drive was halted at mid field when Gesicki fumbled the ball as he was diving for a first down. Darius Leonard put his helmet right on the ball and it popped loose before Gesicki went to the ground. It should have been a simple 9-yard reception and a 1st down, but Gesicki tried to push the issue for the extra yard. He caught 3 of his 6 total targets and added a 12-yard reception that accounted for almost half of his yards. The team still does not seem willing to get him involved in the red zone or goal to go situations and prefers to use him in the open field and try and let him run. The fumble did not prove costly as the Dolphins intercepted the Colts on the next drive, but it did put a halt to a very promising opening drive.
2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (6 / 6 / 95 / 0 rec)
It has been a long time coming for Gesicki, but he finally lived up to the potential hype of where he was drafted. The big tight end led the team in receiving for the first time this week and did just about everything but score a touchdown. He caught all 6 of his targets for just under 100 yards. His longest play of the game helped to setup the third touchdown and went for 34 yards down the right side. HE simply blew past his man and Fitzpatrick hit him in stride down the side line. He needed just one more step and he would have sprung free for the touchdown, but he was taken down by a diving defender from behind. Gesicki has endured poor quarterback play and people questioning his abilities all season long. This game should go a long way towards proving his doubters wrong and the beginning of his development towards the potential they saw when they drafted him.
2019 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
It has not been the season that many hoped for Gesicki this year with the big tight end only having 13 catches and 143 yards across 6 games. He caught all 4 of his targets and set a season high in receptions and had a big 17-yard catch for a first down to extend a scoring drive. Gesicki has not served as the security blanket many hoped he would be and has not see the garbage time yards that many would expect on a team that has been behind almost the entire season. He is coming off games of 51 and 41 yards and seems to be trending in the right direction, but still has a long way to go.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
The majority of his yardage came on the final drive and a single big play, but Gesicki showed why the Dolphins have so much faith in him. Needing 75 yards on the final drive to try and tie the game, Fitzpatrick let loose a deep ball up the seam in the direction of Gesicki. The ball went into tight coverage with the linebacker running step for step and the safety closing in. Gesicki went up and made an amazing catch between 2 defenders for a 30-yard gain. This was the longest play of the game for the Miami offense and accounted for more than half of his yards for the game. Gesicki led the team in receiving for the first time this week and showed that he has a much better connection with Fitzpatrick that he does with Rosen. With Nick O'Leary only seeing a single target for 3 yards this week it will be interesting to see if Gesicki's role in the offense expands any further next week.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gesicki was blanked by the Chargers this week and he seems to have lost all value in the offense. The lone target that came his way bounced off of his hands and luckily fell to Preston Williams who was on the ground. Similar to Grant, Gesicki is not being featured in the offense as they struggle in every aspect right now. Gesicki is a big and athletic tight end that should be making plays all over the field but is seeing his talent wasted in Miami.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
This was supposed to be the year he broke out and made a difference in Miami and Gesicki has done nothing to this point. He caught all 3 of his targets for just 9 yards and watched his back up more than double his yardage on a single catch. Gesicki was supposed to be a safety blanket for Rosen but he has been unable to fight through the second level and get open this season. Gesicki was supposed to be a more athletic Kyle Rudolph and has yet to preform at the NFL level. Expect Nick O'Leary to continue to push him for playing time and targets in the offense. If Miami throws the ball 40 times, Gesicki should have more than 3 targets, but that is what happened this week.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The struggles continued for Gesicki this week with only 2 targets in the offense. He caught 1 ball for 11 yards and the other was intercepted on the last play of the game. Had it been a better throw, Gesicki could have had a garbage time touch down and salvaged his day but it was intercepted by Collins to end the game. Gesicki was pushed by OíLeary more this week than last week, but he is still the clear starter.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
After all the talk in the off season about how Gesicki looked lost and how Nick OíLeary was going to take over, it was Gesicki that saw the playing time this week. Gesicki was one of the few bright spots this week after catching a big 26-yard pass down the sideline and bailing out Rosen with his lone 5-yard completion. Look for Gesicki to serve as the security blanket for whoever ends up playing quarterback in Miami for the rest of the season.
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