It’s no secret that the Dolphins have a lot of areas to improve in, and one of those that needs work is the ability to score touchdowns in the “red zone.”
And it’s one of the reasons why Miami was interested in drafting tight end Mike Gesicki from Penn State in the second round back in April. After all, the Gesicki’s height and leaping ability are both well-documented and it makes him a fantastic target, when the field is compressed. And, out of his 14 receiving touchdowns the last two years of college, most of those were in the red area.
Yet, so far through two preseason games, Gesicki has not been able to produce even a single reception in preseason, much less a red zone touchdown. Nevertheless, the Dolphins still have high hopes for that to become a real weapon, once the regular season begins.
Earlier in the offseason, quarterback QB Ryan Tannehill began working specifically with Gesicki on route running and timing.
And from Dolphins practice on Wednesday in preparation for their third preseason game coming Saturday night with Baltimore, they went back to the individual work again. Palm Beach Post Dolphins writer Joe Schad relayed this:
Ryan Tannehill and Mike Gesicki are working 1-on-1 on red zone routes w OC Dowell Loggains
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 22, 2018
The Dolphins ranked 19th a year ago in red zone touchdown percentage. While that is not terrible, it is something they hope to improve on in 2018. And the team has repeatedly misfired in their two preseason losses to the Buccaneers and the Panthers.
Gesicki is not the only weapon that Miami has acquired to help them with scoring inside the 20 and closer. Running back Frank Gore, and receivers Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson were brought in during free agency, and will be critical to helping score more touchdowns, also.
Still it’s obvious that from a scheme and technical standpoint Miami wants the former Nittany Lion, especially one-on-one against defenders, to become a force near the goal line.
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