Most offseason reports about Dolphins second-round tight end Mike Gesicki have been unfavorable. "Looks lost" was one from earlier this summer. This week, he's been reportedly working with deep reserves, at times even behind fourth-round tight end Durham Smythe. Disappointing, but not a surprise.

Evan Engram was a revelation last year, but his top-10 fantasy finish was the exception rather than the rule. Only four other rookie tight ends have ranked that highly this century (at least one was a former Dolphin). So, select company.

YearPlayerNoYdsTDFF PtsRk
2010Rob Gronkowski, N.E.4254610114.65
2017Evan Engram, NYG647226108.25
2002Jeremy Shockey, NYG748942101.43
2016Hunter Henry, S.D.36478895.811
2008John Carlson, Sea.55627592.77
2010Aaron Hernandez, N.E.45563692.313
2005Heath Miller, Pitt.39459681.911
2017O.J. Howard, T.B.26432679.216
2010Jermaine Gresham, Cin.52471473.121
2002Randy McMichael, Mia.39485472.59
2008Dustin Keller, NYJ48535371.514
2013Zach Ertz, Phil.36469470.920
2012Dwayne Allen, Ind.45521370.123
2013Jordan Reed, Wash.45499367.923
2004Chris Cooley, Wash.37314667.414
2010Jimmy Graham, N.O.31356565.623
2006Owen Daniels, Hou.34352565.214
2013Mychal Rivera, Oak.38407464.726
2015Will Tye, NYG42464364.425
2017George Kittle, S.F.43515263.521
2017David Njoku, Clev.32386462.722
2007Zach Miller, Oak.44444362.416
2013Tyler Eifert, Cin.39445256.529
2001Eric Johnson, S.F.40362356.215
2008Martellus Bennett, Dall.20283452.324
2001Alge Crumpler, 25330351.018
2003Antonio Gates, S.D.24389250.919
2015Clive Walford, Oak.28329350.930
2014Jace Amaro, NYJ38345246.529
2006Vernon Davis, S.F.20265344.523
2000Bubba Franks, G.B.34363142.322
2003Jason Witten, Dall.35347140.723
2003Dallas Clark, Ind.29340140.025

Table shows all rookie tight ends to rank in the top 30 at their position since 2000. Works out to about 2 per season, and unless you're in a league that starts two of them, most weren't fantasy starters.

On Gesicki's behalf, note that 2017 was an unusually good year for rookie tight ends. In addition to Engram, O.J. Howard, George Kittle and David Njoku at least snuck into the top 25. Maybe Gesicki picks things up in August and becomes one of those players.

But doesn't sound like anyone should be counting on that so far.

--Andy Richardson