There are many petitions for the top of the Miami Dolphins and upcoming free agent Mike Gesicki to get a rich new contract from the team.
But this week, Gesicki took on the task of preparing a pitch for fellow tight end Durham Smythe, who will also soon become a free agent to secure his new contract.
In a webcast on Monday with reporters following Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets, Gesicki used a question about what officials told him about his two offensive interference fines to throw the topic at Smythe and his new career high. in reception yards. In the interview, Gesicki wore a Dolphins No. 81 Smythe.
“As I drove this morning, I thought of two things,” Gesicki began. “I knew I was going to be asked about a call to OPI. At first I thought, “What can I say without getting into a quandary?” I’ll probably leave this with a little headroom right now.
“I also thought to myself, ‘Wow, Durham had a career in the yards.’ [Sunday]… He has a new career path, so I’m going to wear his jersey to today’s press conference and start an initiative to get him money from the Miami Dolphins. ” ”
Indeed, Smythe’s 37 yards on four tackles on Sunday put him on 221 receiving yards, surpassing his previous record of 208 set in 2020. And he still has six games to play.
“He is a good player, he is making great strides, he does a lot,” Gesicki said. “I’m happy for him, so I decided I would come here in his shirt and give him a little encouragement. I know that he will not do it for me, but I will do it for him. ”
Gesiki can joke like that with Smythe. Coming to the Dolphins in the same rookie class in 2018, they became two best friends on the list. They got to know each other so well that Gesiki made it his prediction that Smythe would not answer the request. Smythe did not have Gesicki’s sweater when he spoke to reporters in person on Wednesday, which he immediately turned to.
“First I want to say that I left my shirt for Mike Gesicky in Texas,” Smythe said. “I have one. The week after the date, when I get back here, you guys will see it. It will be the perfect time, just in time for the Pro Bowl push, so I’ll turn it on, but it’s a little delayed right now. The relationship is not one-sided, so you can’t think of it that way. ”
Smythe was better known as a blocking tight end, and Gesiki was a bigger threat in their four years together, but Smythe was able to balance his game well, while Gesiki was putting in big numbers. He has 579 reception yards as he looks at the 703 he set for himself last season.
Passing fame to Smythe matches the type of Gesicki’s teammate.
“The guy who gets a lot of attention in the building, and then he passes it on to the guys who maybe not talked about that much – the line of attack, other narrow sides like me,” Smythe said. “He’s such a typical guy. He goes back to business and says a lot about him. ”
The two will also bring new tight end rookie Hunter Long with them, who may see increased pressure on Sunday with Adam Shaheen facing off against the Carolina Panthers with a knee injury.
“They were fantastic,” Long said Friday. “They answered all the questions I asked them. [with]… I probably asked them too many questions. I’m sure they got annoyed once or twice, but they did a great job with it and answered all my questions. They are good friends off the pitch and help me out on the pitch, so it was great. ”
One piece of advice that resonated with Long is to be prepared. In the first pro season selected in the third round, players didn’t see a lot of players, playing just three games without a reception. He hasn’t played eight games.
This is partly due to the fact that he is in a very close squad, where veterans – Gesiki, Smythe, Shahin and Kitan Carter play over him.
“I have the best of both worlds in our variety of difficulties,” Long said. “I don’t have much playing time, but I was able to practice with these guys, see these guys, see what they are doing and ask them all kinds of questions.”
As Shaheen’s injury opens up new opportunities for Long, he does not change his approach.
“I tried to support him even throughout the whole year and attack every week the same, so this week was no different,” he said. “I did the same in college. I got a red shirt in my freshman year and didn’t play much in my sophomore year, so I kind of went through it before when I just need to be as prepared as possible for the chance. And when it does, make the most of it. ”
Long, a Boston College graduate from Exeter, New Hampshire, began his NFL regular season debut with the New England Patriots in the opening game on September 12. He played 18 offensive shots in this game and also saw playtime in the Las Vegas Raiders and London against the Jacksonville Jaguars.