Mike Gesicki

Mike Gesicki

26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Miami Dolphins
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Dolphins used the franchise tag to bring back Gesicki on the heels of a busy season in which he ranked third among tight ends in targets (112) and fourth in catches (73). That volume is exciting, but Gesicki didn’t do much with it, finishing eighth at the position with just 780 yards while scoring only two touchdowns in 2021. The inefficiency on a per-catch basis can be chalked up to either Gesicki’s own shortcomings or those of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tua will still be under center for Miami in 2022 in an offense that made significant additions across the board, most notably bringing in Tyreek Hill. A receiving corps highlighted by Hill, Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker will demand plenty of targets, but defenses will have to focus most of their resources outside, which should leave Gesicki in favorable matchups over the middle. A third consecutive season north of 700 receiving yards is certainly within the 26-year-old tight end’s grasp, but Gesicki will need to improve his blocking abilities to maximize his potential. He often found himself off the field in running situations, including near the goal line, which explains why the 6-foot-6, 247-pound Gesicki scored only twice in 2021 after finding paydirt 11 times over the previous two seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins in March of 2022.
Inks franchise tender
TEMiami Dolphins
March 14, 2022
Gesicki has signed his franchise tag tender with the Dolphins, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
There had been some speculation that Gesicki might file a grievance over his franchise tag position, but the 26-year-old now is in line to play for the $10.9 million allotted to tight ends. This past season, Gesicki recorded 73 catches (on 112 targets) for 780 yards and two TDs in 17 games, and he'll continue to profile as the Dolphins' top pass-catching option at his position once again in 2022. In the process, he'll maintain fantasy relevance, more so if he's able to hit pay dirt on a more frequent basis. Given that he combined for 11 scores in 31 games between the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, that's a plausible outcome this coming season.
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How do Mike Gesicki's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
56.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.22
 
% Team Air Yards
22.5%
 
% Team Targets
18.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.2%
 
Drop Rate
2.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.4
 
% Targeted On Route
21.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.49
 
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How often does Mike Gesicki run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Mike Gesicki
524 routes   112 targets
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% Routes Run
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67%
13 routes   2 targets
28%
17 routes   3 targets
19%
137 routes   16 targets
39%
224 routes   41 targets
33%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Mike Gesicki's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.10 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.76 sec
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
34.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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A 2018 second-round pick, Gesicki has a solid upward trend through three pro seasons, going from 202 yards to 570 to 703. He's missed only one game and dropped just two passes last year, but the Dolphins still don't seem to trust him as a blocker, allotting snaps shares of 65.0 and 62.4 percent the last two seasons. While most of the plays he misses are rushes, Gesicki also loses out on some chances to run routes in situations where the defense might not be expecting a pass. In any case, he finally showed off his athleticism in 2020, averaging a career-high 13.3 YPR (thanks in part to Ryan Fitzpatrick) and closing out the season with at least one 20-yard gain in seven consecutive games. He's never looked quite as explosive as his combine numbers — 4.54 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical — seem to suggest, but Gesicki's disappointing YAC averages (3.2 in both 2019 and 2020) are partially offset by catching more passes downfield. His 11.1 aDOT in 2020 placed third among tight ends, behind only Dan Arnold (12.6) and Jared Cook (11.5). It also doesn't hurt that Gesicki displayed solid chemistry with QB Tua Tagovailoa last year, catching 29 of 43 targets (67.4 percent) for 308 yards and three touchdowns.
A twice-per-decade TE in terms of combine testing, Gesicki has struggled to gain his footing through two seasons but finally showed some promising signs in December when he scored four of his five TDs and averaged 49.6 yards per game. Even then, his flurry was based on volume rather than efficiency, with a 51.3 percent catch rate and 6.4 YPT landing south of his marks for the full season. To be fair, the Miami offense wasn't exactly a beacon of efficiency, and Gesicki's catch rate looks a bit better given that his 9.8-yard average depth of target for the season was second to only Mark Andrews' 10.4 among 13 tight ends with 70-plus targets. Gesicki was actually the only one of that group to finish the year without a drop, but a 3.7 YAC average (10th) is weak stuff from a guy who placed first among TEs at the 2018 combine in the 40-yard dash (4.54 sec.), vertical jump (41.5 in.), broad jump (129 in.) and three-cone drill (6.76 sec.). Fortunately, Gesicki has every opportunity to channel his freakish athleticism into better results, as the Dolphins otherwise appear barren at tight end and also don't look so hot at running back or wide receiver. This is an interesting collision of talent and opportunity, albeit with the added roadblocks of a questionable offensive line and either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tua Tagovailoa at QB.
Although Gesicki was a semi-regular for the Dolphins in his rookie year - he played 399 snaps and started seven of 16 games - he was seldom used as a pass catcher. He topped 31 yards receiving just once, didn't score a single touchdown and averaged 9.2 yards per catch. On the bright side, Gesicki was an active receiver during his Penn State days, not much went right for anyone in Miami last year, and tight end is one of the most difficult gigs for a young player to learn. Perhaps the new coaching staff - along with new quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick - will find a way to engage Gesicki in Year 2. The 23-year-old was one of the stars of the 2018 combine, and there's not much standing between him and a three-down role in Miami. At the very least, Gesicki should start the season on your watch list.
Rookie tight ends are commonly treated with skepticism in the fantasy community, though we occasionally see one break through (consider Evan Engram last year). Gesicki's YPC dropped 4.2 yards in his final Penn State season, but he otherwise remained productive, then dominated the rest of his position group at the 2018 Combine. Checking in at 6-6, 247, he finished first or second among tight ends in every drill, including a 4.54 40 time and 41.5-inch vertical jump. Although the aggregate move says you should fade rookies at this position, Gesicki has the athleticism and opportunity to be one of the rare exceptions. The Dolphins don't have much else at tight end, and they need to account for Jarvis Landry's 161 vacated targets.
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Could challenge positional tag
TEMiami Dolphins
March 8, 2022
Gesicki may file a grievance over his franchise tag position, as the tight end designation carries a $10.9 million salary as opposed to an $18.4 million mark for wide receivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Receives franchise tag
TEMiami Dolphins
March 8, 2022
Miami used their franchise tag on Gesicki on Tuesday, a league source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Career season ends on quiet note
TEMiami Dolphins
January 11, 2022
Gesicki secured two of three targets for 22 yards during the Dolphins' 33-24 win over the Patriots in their season finale.
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Paces team in receiving yardage
TEMiami Dolphins
January 2, 2022
Gesicki brought in four of seven targets for 51 yards and also misfired on his one pass attempt in the Dolphins' 34-3 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
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Makes three grabs
TEMiami Dolphins
December 27, 2021
Gesicki caught three of four targets for 22 yards in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.
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