Gesicki Blocking

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  1. nick1

    nick1 I am Groot Moderator Finheaven VIP Donator

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    I know this has been a hot topic so let's examine his blocking in game #1

    First play i will examine he's in for pass pro. Pushes his guy around the back of Tannehill well



    At 58 second mark you'll see him in for pass pro again. He stands up the DE who doesn't look like he's rushing hard admittedly



    Drake draw play, Gesicki gets in front of a DB and doesn't let him make a play on Drake. So overall solid blocking start for him. I know this is a hot topic for the board

     
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    With his wingspan just making people run around him will more often than not suffice.
     
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    Thanks for posting. I noticed while watching the game and was very impressed

    I think it was @ckparrothead who said “how often do you see a grown man just get thrown to the side like a fifth grader?”

    He’s a work in progress but I bet he holds up just fine
     
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    I think his lack of blocking skills are blown WAY out of proportion. Does he have to improve? Yes, but he is willing, and apparently puts in the work. Blocking is a coachable skill. At his height, he is probably never going to get under an opponents pads, but he will get the job done.
     
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    As long as he can keep the defensive ends or outside linebackers honest by handling the occasional bulrush he should be fine. It's not like they're going to be relying on him to be a clean out blocker. I liked what I saw early Thursday night, I'm glad being brought up.
     
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    The blocking thing is getting out of touch. We got Gesicki to catch TD's so any blocking is gravy. Let's not try to turn a great pass catching TE into an in line blocker.
    Would you rather talk about the TD he scored or about the block he made?
     
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    I'm just excited that this guy could be a Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates for us.
     
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    What I like, is that Gesicki seems eager to learn and develop his blocking skills. Here we have a player who played wide receiver in high school and did a good job of developing his catching skills. As he got older, he grew taller and got bigger, to the point where he's now around 6'5", 250 lbs. At Penn State they saw his strengths in catching the ball and used him as a weapon, but his blocking skills were not fully developed.
    Don't be surprised if Gesicki ends up bigger and stronger next year and better equipped to block. This does not appear to be an Egnew scenario, where we overdrafted a TE, with poor blocking skills and very little self confidence.
     
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    Hes issue I think has been more picking up and recognizing blitzes and things like that. He seems to get there late
     
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    That will improve with experience. The NFL is a bit more complicated than the college game, and the defensive players are faster. If that's the biggest hurdle, it shouldn't be a long term problem.
     
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    Good call on pointing out the draw play. You're right, he did throw a critical block on that play. I didn't notice that live.
     
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    I mean we basically saw what you expected out of a Gesicki and Goedert in those preseason games.

    Gesicki showed elite athleticism on the endzone fade from Fales and Goedert was working the field like he has been doing this for a while, Able to get open with relative ease and showed really good hands.
     
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    Gesicki might make you wish you had Thomas Duarte or even Michael Egnew blocking at tightend, but I still think he'll be enough of a weapon in the passing game. When he's the only tightend on the field it just feels more like a 4 wr set.
     
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    I have a feeling we're not going to be harping on his blocking for much longer.

    He's a smart guy. Once he acclimates and is able to quickly identify blitzes and any other pass blocking responsibilities he'll clean it up.
     
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    Always a pleasure to get your analysis Travis. Thanks!

    One thing I'd like to point out on that last clip, the draw you diagnosed so well, is that it shows something we have missed in past years. The two LB's, which is typical of today's mostly-nickel defenses, are both well blocked by our LG (#67), and our TE (#86, Mike Gesicki) downfield essentially taken out of the play freeing Drake all the way into the secondary. If we can see more of that--Tannehill recognizing the soft spot in the defense and audibling into a run, great pulling and blocking in space by our G's and TE's, and wide open run lanes at the line of scrimmage--our running game is going to really improve by leaps and bounds. It's preseason, I know … but who was expecting Mike Gesicki to make key blocks like that … answer honestly. ;-D
     

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