If you haven’t already gobbled up Dolphins rookie tight end Mike Gesicki in the late rounds of your fantasy football draft, you might want to run and make a waiver claim soon before the first weekend gets started.
That’s because there’s injury news out of Dolphins Camp Thursday morning, and it looks like Gesicki (above) will get even more playing time and soon for Miami. This would include in the opener Sunday with the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami placed veteran tight end MarQueis Gray on injured reserve with a foot injury Thursday. Gray had been listed on the injury report Wednesday, and this move is a bit of a surprise, because coach Adam Gase did not play up the significance of the injury during his Wednesday afternoon press conference.
Later on Thursday morning, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported first that Gray actually tore his achilles in Wednesday’s practice:
A few days before the opener, the #Dolphins lost their starting tight end. They just put MarQueis Gray on Injured Reserve and signed FA TE Gavin Escobar. Source said Gray tore his Achilles in yesterday’s practice. Was poised for a big season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2018
Gray was not expected to be a tremendous pass-catching threat for the Fins, as in five seasons with four different teams he only has 27 career receptions and no touchdowns.
Still, for what it’s worth, the Dolphins had Gray listed as #1 on their depth chart at tight end that was released this week.
Back to the rookie Gesicki, he was taken in the second round last April with high expectations not just overall, but in this 2018 season.
While he only had one reception in the four preseason games, Gesicki had 105 catches and 14 touchdowns in his final two years with the Nittany Lions against tough Big Ten competition. And at 6’5 with great leaping ability, he’s going to be a problem for smaller safeties and defensive backs to cover down field.
In a corresponding move, the Dolphins brought back another veteran tight end Gavin Escobar to replace gray on the 53-man roster. Escobar had been released as part of the final cut down last weekend.
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