The Miami Dolphin They are in the early stages of their 2022 training camp, and have just begun their regular season preparations. The team has high hopes for this year, especially with the offensive additions of players such as Terek Hill, Cedric Wilson Jr., Chase Edmonds and Rahim Mostert. The start of Mike McDaniel’s era as head coach has had the team looking to be explosive, using ridiculous amounts of speed to beat opponents while a defense that looked strong last year moves up to elite levels this season. With everything looking fresh and new at the start of the year, could this also be the end of the tight end to Mike Jesicki’s time with the Dolphins?
The Dolphins flagged the franchise on Gesicki this off-season, ensuring they maintain their 2018 second-round pick for the 2022 season. However, it does mean he is not under contract after this season and there is nothing they can do to remedy that until after the year. Gesicki is consistently listed among the best pass-capturing tight ends in the game, but his strength as a passing attacker is matched by his apparent weakness as a built-in barrier.
In McDaniel’s offensive system, the tight end should be an all-around player. It looks like Jesiki is being used in the role, and this season may hold him back. A player who used to play as a wider receiver than a sixth attacking linebacker, Jesiki doesn’t see his usual role at the start of training camp.
“I don’t think I took a single shot of the receiver pose today,” Jesecki said after Saturday’s training. “So it’s definitely different, but I mean it is what it is, and I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to another challenge and another opportunity. This is my fifth year, the fifth different offensive coordinator. It could be like six if I go back to the interesting situation last year. So I mean That you have a bunch of different guys doing call-in plays. This is my third coach, so it was a whole bunch of things. I’m just excited to take my head down, work, learn a new system and stick to it and keep working.”
Jesecki will be seeking a stellar campaign in 2022, not only on a professional level but on a personal level. He enters the season on a one-year contract with the potential to make a lot of money on his next contract. Jesecki has always been a player who wants to improve, and now he has another reason to do so.
Jesiki said about working with San Francisco 49ers Tight End George Kettle at his second annual “Tight End U” last month. Kittle excelled in the 49ers offensive system, the same system that McDaniel introduced to Miami after being the 49ers offensive coordinator. “So you’re just trying to pick the mind of everyone out there. Obviously, he’s in that system and he’s making success with it — obviously one of the best tight ends in the league, frankly, and then you see what he’s got in the passing game because of that. So that’s the most important part. importance, and I will continue to work on it and continue to do so.”
As for playing this season on the franchise label, Gesicki said, “It’s a business. The team is going to do what’s best for the team, and then you have to go out and perform and do what you’re doing. There’s not much more to say. Big about it “(Man)”.
He added with a laugh, “Although men seem to get paid a lot of money, so maybe I should get it. But I’ll keep coming to work (and) keep doing what I’m doing.”
Was there a time after the franchise was used when Gesicki though a long-term deal was about to be completed? He simply said “No”.
Did I bother him? He answered again when asked: “No.”
Of course this is the fourth day of bootcamp. The team can simply use the first part of the season to get players used to new things. The team makes sure quarterback Tua Tagovalioa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill are on the same page as Hill arrives from Kansas City Chiefs. Tagovailoa and Jesiki have already had that relationship. This is the perfect time to get the basics of blocking schemes down to the tight end while forcing passes on Hill. Later in the summer we can see more roads passing by Gesicki as the team opens up the rules of the game a bit more.
However, McDaniel appears to be looking to Gesicki to be more on the line and act as a hedgerower than he’s been asked in the past.
“I will say I think it’s important to talk to the player – in my experience – to talk to the player frankly, and to understand his situation,” McDaniel said on Saturday of Jesiki and the tight end playing on the franchise. “I spoke to Mike early and said, ‘Hey, listen. This is the best thing for dolphins. I’m lucky I don’t do this on my own and that Chris Greer can handle all the things that aren’t training and be the general manager so I can stay away from that, but I can also tell – every player wants a max long-term contract, here’s what we do.We’re trying day in and day out to get your game to its best so that at the end of the year, Mike, you can make this franchise look like an opponent because what it means That is you’ve been playing at a level that makes the dolphins better and that also improves your socioeconomic status, I think, in the long run. So everyone is kind – that’s what it is. It’s a business, so if you treat it as, well, that’s what it is. It’s this year. Let’s use that and here are your goals, acknowledge them and end up being a dot on the radar.”
McDaniel has continued to talk about Jesicki and his role in the crime, especially when it comes to blocking. “Everyone is trying to implement our basic foundation of running and passing and within that we also make sure that we don’t take leaps of faith; we find each player’s skill set how we can make the best use of them and then we put them in positions to showcase that.” His ball skills and range are outstanding. This helps separate defenders. We’re working on – he’ll be the first to say that – he wants to attack his block with a different force than ever and he’s lucky and we’re lucky to have guessed what his coach John Embry will do. So all of this stuff is something he definitely embraces and I’m excited to see what it will look like when it’s all said and done.”
Gesicki explained his discussion with McDaniel, saying, “It’s not like we just sat down and they were like, ‘Hey, Mike, do you want to block it?'” And I said, ‘Sure.’ I mean, he was like, ‘I know what offense we’re up against and I know who we’ve hired to be our coach and what scheme we’re going to run, so I have to go out there and play. In the passing game of this offense, you have to be able I have to play jogging too.So I work on it every day and keep getting better.
“Like I said, we’re wearing these now,” Jesecki continued, explaining the shells the team wears before getting into fully lined practices. “It doesn’t mean anything. You have to go out and do plays when you put the pads on and start playing on Sunday, in the end that’s what really matters.”
It’s those Sunday plays this year that could decide Jesiki’s future with the Dolphins. An elite player who receives the threat as a tight end but struggles as a hedge may not fit in with McDaniel’s attacking scheme. Five years in an NFL career is a tough time to suddenly expect a major change in Gesicki’s game. Add up all the new weapons Miami has on the attack, and Jesikke might find himself the strange man on the attack.
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