No new faces in TE room
As evidenced by his time in San Francisco, tight ends are a big part of Mike McDaniel’s offensive scheme. Fortunately for him, there will be a plethora of options for him when it comes to filling out the position this off season. Starter Mike Gesicki is famously owed a new contract, and Durham Smythe also has an expiring deal.
Don’t be surprised to see both players brought back. There has been discussion about whether Gesicki’s shortcomings in run blocking will affect McDaniel’s decision on him, but his pass catching ability and familiarity with Tua Tagovailoa should be enough to warrant a re-signing. Smythe is the less flashy of the two, but perhaps the most reliable. He is an above average run blocker and was also the most reliable non-RB target for Miami last year with an 82.9 catch percentage.
It remains to be seen if McDaniel and company believes that the tight end room needs fixing, but don’t be surprised if there aren’t any new faces at the position in 2022. The team may move on from Adam Shaheen, but Hunter Long remains, though he showed no development in his rookie campaign.