Dolphins: Tight end Mike Gesicki could be in for a huge season

Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) reacts after making a catch for a first down against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki had a pretty solid sophomore campaign in 2019. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 570 yards and he found the end zone five times. He also finished the year as the second most targeted receiver in Miami’s passing game.

Fans should be excited for the future of this young tight end. In the final six games of the regular season last year, Gesicki was the seventh most valuable fantasy tight end, which speaks to the kind of production he was putting forth.

The trend is pointing upwards for Gesicki, and he should only get better now that the team seemingly has a stable quarterback in place with Tua Tagovailoa. Although he may not start the season as the man under center, whenever Tua does get the call, he’ll more than likely rely on his big tight end for easy completions.

Like most tight ends in today’s NFL, Gesicki is capable of lining up all over the formation. He found a lot of success lining up in the slot last year — he actually led the league in snap percentage from the slot among tight ends (71.8%).

All of the best tight ends in the league — George Kittle, Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, etc. — are at their best when they’re getting utilized in the slot. Gesicki is no different. In 2019, Gesicki ranked second among all tight ends in receptions from the slot per game (2.19) and he was third in targets from the slot per game among tight ends (3.25).

Gesicki still has room for improvement, especially with his efficiency. His yards per route from the slot (1.02) ranked 21st among 35 qualifying tight ends, which obviously isn’t great.

While he was targeted in the end zone 10 times when in the red zone, he only caught four touchdowns in those situations. That also needs to improve if Gesicki wants to be considered among the best tight ends in the league.

Gesicki clearly has all the physical tools to be a force at tight end. If he can sure up some of small short comings, there’s no doubt he’ll be in for a breakout campaign in 2020.