Still Waiting for First TD Catch, Gesicki Has Big Game Against Jets

By David Biggy | Nov 05, 2019
Courtesy of: Miami Dophins

Stafford Township — He may still be looking to catch the first touchdown pass of his NFL career, but former Southern Regional star athlete Mike Gesicki may be getting closer to that feat.

In Sunday’s 26-18 win against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, the Dolphins’ second-year tight end snagged six receptions for 95 yards – both single-game career highs – including a 34-yarder. Five of the six catches went for double-digit yardage and three secured first downs.

But the more important factor seems to have been the fact veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Gesicki six times as well, and has been throwing quite a bit to the big guy during recent games. Through eight games this season, Gesicki has 21 receptions for 248 yards, an average of 11.8 per catch.

“Honestly, I think it’s just all about opportunity,” Gesicki said during a post-game interview. “I think you need to just keep grinding at it and working at it each and every day, and knowing that whenever your opportunity comes, you need to be able to make the most of it.

“So, ultimately, I appreciate the coaching staff and Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) and all of the guys out there that did their job so that we were able to let me do mine. Ultimately, we got the win and that’s kind of the biggest part of this whole thing, because at the end of the day none of that matters if we don’t come out of here with a win.”

In the first quarter against former Miami head coach Adam Gase’s Jets, on first-and-10 from the New York 41-yard line, Fitzpatrick found Gesicki on the right side for a 3-yard gain. During Miami’s first drive of the second quarter, on second-and-18 from the Dolphins’ 8, Fitzpatrick fired a pass to Gesicki for 17 yards and a first down to the 25, then later in the scoring march, on third-and-8 from the Miami 45, the quarterback hit the 6-foot-6 tight end for a 12-yard gain and another first down.

With 3:49 left in the half, on third-and-2 from the New York 48-yard line, Fitzpatrick tossed a deep pass down the right side which Gesicki hauled in for a 34-yard gain, parking the Dolphins on the Jets’ 14 and setting up their third TD of the game. On the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, on second-and-10 from the Miami 25, Gesicki grabbed a 16-yard pass, and with 4:41 left in the third, on third-and-9, Gesicki grabbed another chain-moving pass of 13 yards.

Asked after the game about the chemistry developing between him and his receivers, including Gesicki, Fitzpatrick said things were coming along.

“Those guys on the outside are ... they’re big targets, they’re physical guys and they do a nice job,” he said. “They’re smart players, so that’s just going to continue to get better and better, and then Mike coming along a little bit – he had a nice game today. He made some nice plays. That’s the kind of stuff that we expect from him every week and he’s just got to continue to put the work in and get better.”

David Biggy

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