Posted 10/06/2020 9:20 pm UTC
Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has been limited to one catch on three targets for 15 yards in each of his last two games following a Week 2 outburst in which he amassed eight catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey attributed the recent downturn to tighter coverage from opponents and not wanting to force the ball to him when it looks like he is double-covered.
'A few times it's looked like they were double-covering him and they ended up single-covering him; but to the quarterback on his first look, it looked double covered, so (Ryan Fitzpatrick) got off of him. We just have to pay closer attention to how they are actually playing him during the course of the game. I think hopefully now that we've put the ball in other places, things will start to come back his way,' Gailey said.
Huddle Up: To be fair, Gesicki is probably the healthiest of the team's three primary options (DeVante Parker and Preston Williams being the other two) in the passing game, so defenses likely consider him the biggest threat. On the plus side, he is still getting a heavy dose of snaps out of the slot, so he's being used in the same kind of way that allowed him to bust out late last season. The odds he'll bounce back in Week 5 are not good, however, as the Dolphins will visit the San Francisco 49ers.