Former Southern Regional Star Mike Gesicki Off to Decent Start With Winless Dolphins

By David Biggy | Sep 25, 2019
Courtesy of: Miami Dophins

Stafford Township — It has to be a rough go for a player with the capability of Mike Gesicki to be playing for a team that has yet to win a game so far this season. Still, anybody who knows the Miami Dolphins’ second-year tight end from Stafford Township knows he’s enjoying every day he gets to take the field in the NFL, despite the team’s 0-3 start.

After a 3-1 preseason mark, the Dolphins have scored just one touchdown during their first three regular-season contests – a 59-10 blowout by Baltimore on Sept. 8, followed by a 43-0 rout by New England on Sept. 15, and a 31-6 drubbing by Dallas on Sept. 22. Gesicki definitely has been in the mix on offense, which is averaging 201 yards passing through its first three games, but his touches on the ball have been limited.

Against the Cowboys this past Sunday, the former Southern Regional star had three receptions for 9 yards. He snagged one pass for 11 yards against the Patriots the week before, and tallied 31 yards, including a 26-yard catch, on two receptions in the season opener. With six receptions for 51 yards thus far, Gesicki is averaging 8.5 yards per catch, but he’s still awaiting his first career touchdown reception.

Last season, he played in all 16 games and caught 22 passes for 202 yards, an average of 9.2 per catch, to become Miami’s third-highest rookie tight end receiving leader in team history. In 19 games for his career so far, Gesicki has yet to catch more than four passes in a game, which he did against Houston on Oct. 25, 2018. Including Sunday’s game, he’s now caught three in one game three times – the other two times being Sept. 23, 2018, against Oakland and Oct. 21, 2018, against Detroit.

Miami will be at home for its next two games – against San Diego on Sept. 29, then against Washington on Oct. 13 following a bye – before going to Buffalo on Oct. 20. During back-to-back weeks later in the season, Gesicki will get to play in New Jersey against the New York Jets on Dec. 8 and the New York Giants on Dec. 15. —D.B.

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