Prototypical tight end build, with wide receiver routes and speed. Mike Gesicki was one of the most athletic tight ends to ever play in college. Unlike Travis Benjamin, who ate his way to become a tight end, Mike was lean for his large and powerful frame. A former basketball player, his speed and athletic ability translated well from the court to the field.
Coming out of Penn State University, his freak athlete status was only overshadowed by fellow Penn State star Saquon Barkley. Used in the slot mostly in college and since being drafted by Miami in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL draft this versatile offensive weapon has not been used to his full potential.
Mike Gesicki has been productive while with the Miami Dolphins, so his inclusion on this list may surprise some readers. But this big body and sure-handed elite talent has been grossly underused while in south beach. If paired with a coach / quarterback combination of Mahomes and Reid, he may have better stats than Kelce if given the chance and opportunity.
What can be done?
Mike should be a significant factor when drawing up game plans for the Miami Dolphins, but this elite tight end was so far out of the offensive game plan he did not get more than six targets a game until week three this season. He is often off the field when needed for a long completion to keep the chains moving.
If the Miami Coaching staff allowed him to be on the field for 80 plus percent of the snaps, his offensive output would change the anemic approach currently in place. His lack of opportunities and snaps played per game is puzzling. He is more than capable of playing any receiver position along with inline at tight end.
If the coaching staff could game plan to utilize his elite talents, the lack of oft-injured Will Fuller, Devante Parker, and Preston Williams would not even be noticed. His ability to fight for the ball while in the air or traffic is a needed trait that is missing from this offense, there have been multiple interceptions because of a lack of fight to the ball by the receiver.