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    March 12, 2019 8:31 AM GMT
    Miami Dolphins Film Room: Mike Gesicki Davon Godchaux Jersey ,  41 of 49 snaps Sunday vs. the New England Patriots. Without further ado, here’s 22% of his snap count in GIF form...Note to audience: not all film is glamorous. The TapeSam Young reports as eligible so the Miami Dolphins are in a pseudo-12 personnel, with both TE’s to the left, Mike Gesicki on the outside. Does this block get the job done? Yes. Does it look a little clumsy? Yes. At first I thought, “man, how does Gesicki lose his balance after 2 steps of being engaged in the block?” I watched this play a few times and it looks like Patrick Chung grabs Gesicki on the right shoulder with his left hand (you’ll notice the hand still there towards the end of the GIF). Whether this is a hold or not on Chung, eh, I don’t know. This type of stuff probably happens all the time. Gesicki’s block did enough to keep his defender from making a play on the ball, but I can’t say I like the initial set-up: head way past his feet, it’s almost like he begins the play lunging. Better balance is needed coming in to the “engagement” part of the block, in my opinion. As he matures, I think you’ll see him drive with his legs for the power, and use upper-body for positioning and “accuracy” of the blocking angle. Gesicki has him by 30 pounds, and you want to see him maintain the leverage the entire time (although again, admittedly, Chung pulls on the right shoulder). The Dolphins used this route combination a few times on Sunday, including the very first play of the game (good for 22 yards to Kenny Stills). Gesicki and Stills are running “deep drags” (intermediate crossing routes) and this time, it’s not so effective. Gesicki is matched up on Chung , and Ryan Tannehill throws a pretty dangerous ball. I like that he trusts Gesicki enough to try and make a play on that, but he’s almost throwing across the field here and that’s QB 101 big no-no. Here he is in a pass blocking situation, helping Ja’Wuan James. He’s matched against Kyle Van Noy, a solid edge piece for the Patriots and I would not expect him to win this match-up 1-on-1. Van Noy gets Gesicki right on the numbers and able to “stand him up” - Gesicki is a tall guy so he’ll have to work on staying low even when engaged. Part of that will come through a regular season and subsequent off-season of NFL strength, conditioning, and nutrition.Gesicki is lined up all the way to the right on the line of scrimmage, allowing his guy to shoot the gap. Luckily the play goes immediately away from the chaos, but a running play in that situation gets blown up. This could’ve been a miscommunication between he and Sam Young (#79) in terms of who had which gap. Looks like Young starts moving left and then looks back and sees the immediate penetration to his right and tries to shuffle back in time. Unfortunate because Jesse Davis needs absolutely no help on this play. At any rate, none of this affects the play that occurred. But you want to see better communication and execution, even on the weak side of the play. Dont’a Hightower significantly redirects Gesicki as he comes out for his route. The Patriots were chucking him at the 5-yard zone, and I expect him to be able to brace for contact better and to use his basketball background in these short quarter situations. The pass is forced to him, and Tannehill seemed to rush the throw as the OL held up admirably on this snap. Too often we saw Tannehill locking onto targets in this game - this offense is best spreading the ball around and going through the progressions. As Gesicki runs more routes into the seams, absorbing contact from defenders or using his athleticism to circumvent them, will be of utmost importance in the Dolphins vertical passing attack. On this particular play, however, I don’t think there’s any way he could’ve made a play on the ball.Jason McCourty 5’11”, 195. Mike Gesicki, 6’6” Akeem Spence Jersey , 245. Again, just talking about the 5-yard contact zone, you expect a 50-pound advantage to be your asset at this juncture. An in-breaking route here yields results in my opinion. I don’t know if it was sheer play design or if Gesicki had reads/options there in the route he ran, but the middle of the field is wide open.At any rate, you don’t like to see Gesicki lose in the contact zone against someone 50 pounds smaller. An out pattern to the wide side of the field here? We could’ve sent Gesicki on a better route by my estimate. Let him use the 7-inch, 50-pound advantage on a deeper curl route - something that allows him to “box out”, use his body, and take advantage of his size. If McCourty trails the play, you push the seam. Hell, I’d rather have seen a wheel route and put him in a jump ball situation. Either way, we’re using body size and jumping ability over lateral agility. He’s matched up 1-on-1 with Van Noy, again. You know how I feel about that. Not a match-upI expect him to win. A tad more resistance is required, though. Van Noy disengages and flowing to the play immediately after 1st contact. He had the inside position and just had to square his shoulder better to make Van Noy take a more extreme angle in pursuit. His sole catch. Leaked out after helping chip for Laremy Tunsil. End of 1st half soon afterwards. I like this block by Gesicki, although you might think to yourself: “Dude! Hightower tosses him like a rag doll!” Well the play completely switches directions, and it wasn’t a designed misdirection. He can’t see where Drake is going, and he thinks this play is going to the right edge. Van Noy gets upfield and makes Drake abandon the initial play direction to the other side. I can’t fault Gesicki for that, and he maintained his block much better than some of the other GIF’s we saw. Hightower is a big, powerful LB , too. Effective block by Gesicki: sliding feet (think “defensive slide” in basketball) and maintains a good blocking angle and engagement until Drake peels off the other way. ConclusionI know what you’re thinking to yourself: “SUTTON, the Dolphins didn’t draft this guy to block.” DING DING DING! You’re right. More routes run/game are desired. Yet, with the health of the offensive line and tight end group, we’re having to make adjustments on the fly to maintain pass protection and generate rushing lanes. This means throwing Gesicki to the wolves so-to-speak in terms of blocking assignments. I doubt this is the way the Dolphins wanted this to go with the kinds of situations and wrinkles in the playbook they wanted to use for Gesicki. But here we are. Perhaps this steep learning curve will allow Gesicki to mature into the all-elusive “dual-threat” TE in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals have been vulnerable in the seams with some of their zone coverages, and Gesicki looks to be a favorable match-up against the Bengals LB’s. Let’s see if the OL can hold up and Gesicki can afford to be out on more routes and making plays.Titans at Dolphins preview: What to watch for Miami The Miami Dolphins open their 2018 season later today, hosting the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins actually get to have a normal NFL schedule this year, playing in Week 1 and maintaining their Week 11 bye week, unlike last season where Week 1 was lost due to a hurricane and the NFL used their Week 11 bye to makeup the game. So, the first thing to watch for this week is simply the game. The Dolphins are back on the field, along with the rest of the NFL.What else should Dolphins fans be watching for during the game? Hopefully things that will lead the club to a win over a 2017 playoff team and set them up for a quick start to the season. The Dolphins should be better this season than the national narrative of them suggests, but they need to prove they are capable of competing for a playoff spot, and the Titans will be the first step in that process. 1. Fast startThe Dolphins have to get off to a fast start, both on offense and defense. The last few years, it has seemed like the team needs a quarter or a half to find their rhythm, and by then, they are playing from behind. Miami needs to get the rhythm early, putting points on the board and letting the defense get after Marcus Mariota. Look for the Dolphins to use their uptempo, no-huddle offensive attack early in the game to try to force them into that rhythm. The team should be looking to establish the run early in order to open up the play action passing attack Cheap Kenny Stills Jersey , while also using the short passes to draw in the defense, then attack over the top. Short passes early can also allow Ryan Tannehill, who is making his first regular season appearance since December 2016, to shake off some of the rust and get settled into the game.2. Cameron WakeWake comes into this season having recorded double digit sacks in each of the last two years, the first time in his career he has reached that mark in consecutive years. He has 92 career sacks, putting that 100 sacks mark within reach this season, which would put him as just the 33rd player in league history to reach that milestone. To start the season, Wake gets to face off against Dennis Kelly and not starting Tennessee right tackle Jack Conklin, who has been recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last year, and has been ruled out of this game. Can Wake take advantage of playing against a backup?3. Miami linebackers and run defenseThis will probably be a story line throughout the early part of the season as Miami starts a rookie outside linebacker and a second-year-who-missed-all-of-his-rookie-season middle linebacker. The Dolphins need those two players, along with veteran outside linebacker Kiko Alonso, to play with an attitude and to play in the correct positions. Last year, Alonso was injured throughout much of the year and was asked to do more than just play his position, needing to make sure the rest of the linebacker group was in the right place and trying to cover for them when they were not. This year, if Alonso is going to look like an improved player compared to 2017, he is going to need to be allowed to focus on his role, rather than trying to play all three linebacker spots himself.The Dolphins have struggled to stop the run game from opposing offenses over the past couple of years, and the preseason was not exactly reassuring in that regard. The team is looking to a steady rotation of defensive tackles and defensive ends to keep the line fresh throughout the game Daniel Kilgore Jersey , but it will be up to the linebackers to make sure they are hitting the right gap and sealing up holes. The linebackers have to prove they are ready for the NFL, otherwise Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis could have big days.4. Penalty flagsExpect to see flags. It feels like the Dolphins are flagged way too often, though in the preseason it was not as bad as it felt at times. That said, the team still needs to clean up their pre-snap and drive-killing penalties. And, if the Thursday game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, where 26 penalties were called, the referees are not afraid of throwing a flag early this year. Expect to see flags.5. Dolphins wide receiversThis is the “Ryan Tannehill is back” section of the what to watch this week, but it really is not about Tannehill. Yes, the quarterback needs to shake off the rust and he needs to prove he is ready to lead this team back to the playoffs, but this week may be more about the receivers (and tight ends). There are a lot of new faces among the options for Tannehill in the passing game, and they need to perform so the quarterback can get comfortable with them quickly. DeVante Parker is doubtful for the game and probably will not play, which means it will be up to Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, and Jakeem Grant to be in the right position and find the space for Tannehill to get them the ball. Add in rookie tight end Mike Gesicki, who has looked good in practice but the Dolphins were not looking his way in the preseason, and Tannehill has talented options that need to prove they are talented options.