DAVIE — Miami Dolphins tight ends coach Shane Day spent two days meeting with rookie Mike Gesicki before the NFL Draft.
“You get a really good feel for what kind of guy he is, how he learns and all those type of things,” Day said. “He did a really nice job.”
Day knew all about Gesicki’s athleticism from the film.
“And he’s really good at volleyball,” Day quipped. “Multiple skills. You’ve seen him jump really high. He’s definitely got the vertical leap for sure.”
But Day has also been encouraged by Gesicki’s potential as a blocker.
“He doesn’t have any bad habits,” Day said. “He’s kind of new to blocking and he’s really willing to do it. It’s been really good so far.”
Asked about Gesicki, Day went out of his way to include fourth-rounder Durham Smythe in his reply.
“Both of the rookie guys, we’re really impressed with just how hard they work,” Day said.
Smythe is living up to his reputation as a skilled blocker.
“He’s a physical guy, he’s going to hit you,” Day said. “It’s the same stuff that we saw at Notre Dame. He’s a real physical tight end and he’s got a good blocking style.”
Smythe has said he would like to emulate former Dolphins and Notre Dame tight end Anthony Fasano.
Day shared that he and Smythe FaceTimed with Fasano before the draft.
“It’s really good to have a role model like Fasano,” Day said.
Day said Smythe is showing promise a receiver.
“He didn’t get targets a lot at Notre Dame, but we saw the hands on tape,” Day said. “Everybody saw that. We felt like in our offense with our situation he’d have a chance to be a very productive player and he’s working to do everything that we ask and everything we thought he’d do.”