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Mike Gesicki Impressive Early On
Date: July 29th | 2018
The Miami Herald is reporting Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has been “exactly as advertised” as a pass-catcher thus far through the early portion of training camp. However, the Herald is also reporting that Gesicki has “room for improvement” as a blocker, which could be expected for a player of Gesicki’s stature and skill-set. While blitz pickup could be foreign to him due to his time at Penn State, the Dolphins don’t appear concerned as Gesicki plays “very physical” and enjoys contact. “I’m very pleased where he’s at with his blocking,” Dolphins TE coach Shane Day said following Sunday’s promising practice. “He’s right on track. He’s really improved this spring. He’s right where I would expect him to be as a rookie.” From a fantasy football perspective, Gesicki is my top-ranked rookie tight end. And since he landed on a Dolphins team that has been attempting to fill a void at the position in recent memory — they whiffed on Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas in the Adam Gase era — I’m expecting Gesicki to be a heavily featured asset in the Miami passing game in 2018. At his late double-digit round ADP, Gesicki is worth stashing in deeper redraft formats, but most certainly should be rostered across all dynasty leagues. Though, if he remains undrafted to open the 2018 campaign, Gesicki could be one of the hottest waiver-wire adds in the first half of the season, especially if the Dolphins get him involved early.
Budding Bro-mance Between Amendola and Gase
Date: July 22nd | 2018
Speaking recently on the “Comeback Szn” podcast hosted by Johnny Manziel, Kayce Smith, and Erik Burkhardt, Danny Amendola had a plethora of praise for his new head coach, Adam Gase.
“He’s a coach that I want to play hard for, he’s a coach I want to get out and bust my ass in the weight room, in the practice field when nobody’s watching just because I know when we get into training camp it’s gonna be on, it’s gonna be live and it’s gonna be fun” said Amendola.
When speaking further about Gase and the comfortability in Miami compared to New England, Amendola mentioned, “It’s almost like coach Gase is one of the guys, one of the boys and you wanna fight hard for your boys. Back in New England, it’s almost like you got a principal and a principal’s office and s— like that, you know in a good way and in a bad way, too.
According to the Miami Sun Sentinel’s Chris Perkins, Erik Burkhardt, who is the agent and longtime friend of Amendola’s, said the feelings are mutual from Gase regarding Amendola. “On my side,” Burkhardt began, “it’s one of the rare one where coach Gase has actually reached out to me a couple of times and said, ‘EB, Thank you. He’s everything you told me he would be and more.”
Amendola will be fighting former Chief, Albert Wilson, for snaps out of the slot with the departure of target hog, Jarvis Landry. Amendola has never been short on talent but has missed a ton of time in his career with various injuries. Landry had a large enough target share that you could almost divide it into both Wilson and Amendola equally and they would both be able to have some relevance as low-end WR3/4 types in fantasy. This will be a battle worth monitoring in Miami as a rebound is expected with Ryan Tannehill back under center. Amendola provides more value as a big play threat in best ball leagues right now as opposed to standard redraft leagues, but that could change if he earns a larger role on this offense alongside deep threat, Kenny Stills and “Hurry up and wait for a breakout” DeVante Parker.
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