Over the past 15 years, only two rookie tight ends have produced more than 600 yards receiving. The Giants’ Evan Engram totaled 722 yards receiving last season, and John Carlson recorded 627 with the Seahawks in 2008.
The biggest reason, the story said, is that tight end is a position different than any other on offense. Like offensive linemen, tight ends have to learn the concepts of blocking schemes. Like wide receivers, tight ends have to understand the nuances of route-running. The story also noted Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates all totaled fewer than 45 catches and 550 yards receiving in their rookie seasons. Each one eclipsed 80 receptions and 950 yards the next.
MIA TE Mike Gesicki - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Mike Gesicki was an interesting player coming out of college last season. He’s an athletic tight end who was drafted in the second round joining a team where there wasn’t a clear cut option at his position. He should take a step forward in 2019 on a team with not too many receiving threats.
Gesicki had just 202 yards on 22 receptions last season. He played in 16 games and started seven, but never really got going as a receiving threat. He’s projected to be the starter in Miami this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to put up numbers.
2019 Bottom Line
Gesicki is a name to watch heading into the year, but not likely a player you’d want to draft. He’s a talented receiving threat, and could probably do some damage in a better offense. But there is a chance he catches fire with either Josh Rosen or Ryan Fitzpatrick this season and comes up as a sleeper. Still, though, he’s not much more than a late-round flier in deeper leagues.