Mike Gesicki
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Sun 7/31/22 10:38 AM

Gesicki has been deployed more as a blocker than as a pass catcher during the early portion of Miami's training camp, the Boston Herald reports.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki, who is in line to play out the 2022 season under the franchise tag, has been positioned in-line more often than out wide or in the slot during the early days of training camp. Few targets have gone his way so far, per camp reports. Coach Mike McDaniel's wide-zone run scheme has historically relied on a capable blocking tight end, to the tune of George Kittle (lower body) back in San Francisco, but that isn't a skill that Gesicki has been asked to feature regularly since joining the Dolphins in 2018. McDaniel said Gesicki wants to "attack blocking with a different severity than he ever has before" this offseason, and the coach mentioned that facilitating a strong rushing game will help create opportunities for the tight end in the middle of the field. Still, with both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle around to soak up passing volume, it's unclear whether Gesicki will repeat on 100-plus targets in what looks like a new role.

Mike Gesicki
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Fri 7/15/22 5:32 PM

Gesicki is in line to play the 2022 season on the Dolphins' franchise tag after the tight end and the team were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal ahead of Friday's deadline to do so, Mike Masala of USA Today reports.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki is thus slated to earn $10.93 million this coming season, while heading a Miami tight end corps that also includes Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen and Hunter Long. The 26-year-old is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he caught 73 of his 112 targets for 780 yards and two TDs in 17 games. Looking ahead, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN suggests that Gesicki will be at worst the third option in a Dolphins passing attack that also includes dynamic wideouts Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. As long as he can stay healthy, Gesicki -- who has missed just one regular season game in four NFL campaigns -- seems destined to earn a solid share of targets once again in 2022, with Masala noting that new coach Mike McDaniel is expected to implement a system that uses in-line tight ends frequently.

Mike Gesicki
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Thu 7/14/22 4:12 PM

Gesicki and the Dolphins are unlikely to come to terms on a contract extension ahead of Friday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki signed his one-year, $10.9-million contract tender in March after reports that may he file a grievance to be treated as a wide receiver in this contract calculation - a move that could have netted him an additional $8.5 million in guaranteed salary. Barring any last-minute negotiations, the 26-year-old now looks primed to play out the 2022 campaign on the franchise tag. Gesicki has been used as a prolific pass-catching threat over the past three seasons with Miami, recording career-highs in targets (112), catches (73) and receiving yards (780) over 17 games in 2021; however, his usage may take a step back in 2022 with talented wideouts Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill also on the team's roster and in line to log plenty of targets this coming season.

Mike Gesicki
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Mon 3/14/22 5:18 PM

Gesicki has signed his franchise tag tender with the Dolphins, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
EDGE 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.

Mike Gesicki
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Tue 3/8/22 11:27 AM2 Comments

Gesicki may file a grievance over his franchise tag position, as the tight end designation carries a $10.9 million salary as opposed to the $18.4 mark for wide receivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Miami officially placed the franchise tag on Gesicki prior to Tuesday's 4:00 PM deadline, and specifically called the 26-year-old a tight end in the announcement. As Fowler notes, Gesicki only operated in pass protection on 3.7 percent of quarterback dropbacks last season, and his 266 run blocks were tied for the 28th lowest mark at the position. Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network further notes that Gesicki handled the most snaps out of the slot at the tight end position in 2021, so he could have a case if an official grievance is ultimately filed. It's unclear whether Miami would go ahead with the plan to franchise tag Gesicki if the cost were to increase by $7.5 million.

Mike Gesicki
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Tue 3/8/22 9:17 AM

Miami used their franchise tag on Gesicki on Tuesday, a league source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki becomes the second tight end to receive the franchise tag this offseason, with the Browns already having brought back David Njoku. The move keeps Gesicki, who is coming off a career season, in the building for 2022 while carrying a $10.8 million salary. The 26-year-old secured 73 of 112 targets for 780 and two scores across 17 appearances in 2021, serving as Tua Tagovailoa's second option in the passing game for much of the year. Despite the fact that Gesicki isn't known as a standout blocker, it appears that new coach Mike McDaniel expects him to remain an integral part of the offensive scheme.

Mike Gesicki
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Tue 1/11/22 6:57 AM

Gesicki secured two of three targets for 22 yards during the Dolphins' season-finale 33-24 win over the Patriots.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki put together a career year in 2021, finishing the campaign with 73 catches for 780 yards and two touchdowns in 17 appearances. This offseason the Dolphins will need to make a key decision about Gesicki's future with the team, as he is currently set for free agency. Miami's clearest choice between re-signing the 2018 second-round pick or letting him walk. The team could also opt to tag the receiving tight end, and/or to attempt to trade him and recoup some value on investment. After operating as essentially the team's No. 2 receiving option in 2021, Gesicki's value to the Dolphins' offense is clear. However, with coaching changes already having been made, it's unclear how much value Miami will place on positional continuity this offseason.

Mike Gesicki
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Sun 1/2/22 8:04 PM

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.
EDGE Analysis
The talented tight end co-led the team in receptions and tied for second in targets on a pedestrian afternoon overall for the Dolphins passing game. Gesicki has at least five receptions in three of the past four games, while his yardage total Sunday was his highest since Week 9. The fourth-year pro's final opportunity to improve on what is now a career-best 71-758 line will come in Week 18 versus the Patriots.

Mike Gesicki
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Mon 12/27/21 11:47 PM

Gesicki caught three of four targets for 22 yards in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki trailed only Jaylen Waddle for Miami's team lead in receptions, but his production paled in comparison to the rookie's 10 grabs for 92 yards and a score. In a vertically-challenged passing attack, Gesicki represents a big-bodied target for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but he's topped 50 yards just once and hasn't scored over the Dolphins' current seven-game win streak. That illustrates Gesicki's modest upside, but his 47 targets over that same span evidence his consistent role, helping his stock's floor.

Mike Gesicki
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Sun 12/19/21 6:12 PM

Gesicki caught five of eight targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Jets.
EDGE Analysis
Gesicki tied DeVante Parker for the team lead in targets but trailed both Parker (68) and Isaiah Ford (51) in receiving yards. The tight end has been reliable but far from spectacular, as he's topped 40 yards while coming up short of 60 in eight of 14 games this season. All told, Gesicki has 64 catches for 685 yards and two touchdowns heading into a Week 16 matchup with the Saints.