There was a lot of movement in Miami with respect to Tua Tagavailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick taking turns at QB, as well as games missed between Mike Gesicki and DeVante Parker.
Parker led the Dolphins in targets from Tua with 43, but Gesicki was right behind him with 43. Parker missed an extra game during that span, but we also have to consider things like Ryan Fitzpatrick coming in the game in the 4th quarter of Week 11 and targeting Parker 5 times.
As far as production with Tua, Gesicki led all Dolphins receivers in receptions, receiving yards, and TDs. He was 5th among tight ends in air yards during Tua’s games. Overall, he was 3rd among tight ends in that category, so the opportunity is there, especially downfield.
Gesicki can take a step forward in his 4th year, especially when you consider his progression each season. I was high on him last year, and while he was the TE7 on the year, it didn’t quite feel like it until the last few games of the season.
Gesicki was tied for 1st among tight ends in end zone targets, and tied for 2nd in contested catches.
He was 5th among tight ends in yards/route run and ran the highest percentage of routes from the slot among all TEs with at least 200 snaps; his role is designed for the passing game.
He’ll be on my list of late round TEs for 2021.