Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki had a tough rookie season. The Penn State product struggled with his blocking, and wasn't able to get on the field much under Adam Gase. But Gase is gone now, and Gesicki has the opportunity to start over.
Gesicki was a second-round pick, so the Dolphins aren't going to give up on him. He has the chance to reinvent himself under Brian Flores, and he's clearly intent on seizing it.
Speaking to the media, Gesicki said recently that he feels like he's grown a lot, per Chris Perkins of The Athletic.
“I just feel like from being out on the field and playing, you feel like the game starts to slow down a little bit,” he said. “You feel a little bit more comfortable and you’re just able to adapt a little bit quicker, so from that aspect, it’s been good.”
Gesicki also talked about transitioning to Flores and the new coaching staff, and likened it to the transition he went through last year.
“Out here learning a new system, being around new guys, being around new coaches — from that aspect, it’s the same because last year I was around new coaches, new players, new systems,” he said. “But I think taking those experiences and growing off them is good.”
It's often said that tight end is the most difficult position to shift to in the pro game, other than quarterback. Rookie tight ends usually don't put up big numbers, so Dolphins fans shouldn't be panicking yet. Mike Gesicki is an elite athlete, and has the potential to be a great receiver. If he can get a little better as a blocker, he still has the chance to be special.