Third-Quarter Grab Gives Gesicki First Touchdown Catch of NFL Career

By David Biggy | Nov 25, 2019
Courtesy of: Miami Dolphins Former Southern Regional star athlete Mike Gesicki celebrates his third-quarter touchdown catch, the first of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins.

Stafford Township — It took 27 games, but former Southern Regional star athlete Mike Gesicki finally snagged the first touchdown catch of his NFL career.

With 9:37 left in the third quarter of Miami’s 41-24 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 24, the Dolphins’ second-year tight end snatched an 11-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 11-yard line, Gesicki ran a slant route over the middle and Fitzpatrick hit Gesicki right at the No. 88 on the front of his jersey.

Gesicki’s first TD celebration was short – he stood up straight, raised his hands in the air, then twice motioned as if he were pulling the string on a train whistle. Seconds later, he and Fitzpatrick, who also tossed the 200th TD pass of his career later in the contest, exchanged a leaping shoulder bump.

“I mean, that’s huge. That’s a neat moment,” Fitzpatrick said about Gesicki’s TD reception after the game. “In all of the talk about number 200 for me, that’s number one for him. That’s a pretty neat moment to be a part of. He’s worked really hard this whole year. He’s a guy that certainly deserves it. That’s going to be one of hopefully a lot more to come. I’m really close with Mike, and that was a good moment for him.”

Fitzpatrick completed two other passes to Gesicki late in the first half. With 30 seconds left, Fitzpatrick tossed a 10-yard pass to Gesicki to give Miami a first down at the Cleveland 43-yard line, and on the next play he fired to the Stafford Township native again, good for a 7-yard gain. Four plays later, the Dolphins (2-9) kicked a field goal to go into halftime down, 28-3.

Fitzpatrick threw the ball in Gesicki’s direction four other times during the loss, but fell incomplete. Gesicki finished with 28 yards receiving, an average of 9.3 per reception.

During last week’s 37-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Gesicki caught four passes for 18 yards, and the week before he grabbed three passes for 28 yards.

With five games left to the 2019 season, Gesicki has 31 receptions – third on the team – for 322 yards, an average of 10.4 yard per catch, and since the Week 5 bye he has caught 25 passes for 271 yards. Last season, Gesicki hauled in 22 passes for 202 yards.

David Biggy

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