The Miami Dolphins have had trouble at the tight end position for as long as I can remember. Charles Clay was alright, Anthony Fasano was a fan favorite but wasn’t special, and Jordan Cameron was always injured. Yet, Mike Gesicki after being drafted in the 2nd round in 2018 has blossomed into a tight end that Dolphins fans can not only root for but rely on. After struggling in his first season as a pro, Gesicki took a big first step to establishing himself in 2019, and look for him to continue to improve in 2020.
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Firstly, Gesicki had 51 receptions for 571 yards and 5 touchdowns a season ago, which was a massive improvement from his 22 catches for 202 yards and no touchdowns in 2018. This improvement, even under lackluster quarterback play from Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen is really promising. If Tua is able to live up to his expectations, imagine how productive Gesicki will be with as dynamic and accurate a passer as Tua is. Young quarterbacks, and I’m sure Tua will be no different, love their tight ends, as their big frames make them easy and dependable targets especially in the red zone.
Plus, Gesicki established himself as a clutch player last season, catching the game winning touchdown against the Patriots in Foxborough a season ago.
Additionally, Gesicki does not have any other competition for the starting job, especially as a pass catcher, as Durham Smythe, the Dolphins backup tight end is a clear force as a blocker.
As Gesicki doesn’t have competition for the starting job, paired with the fact that he will be a part of better quarterback play in the near future, as well as the fact that he has become a legitimate threat in the Dolphins passing game, look out for Mike Gesicki to take the next step in 2020, and establish himself as a top ten tight end in the NFL.