There are certain numbers in Miami Dolphins history that are fraught with disappointment.
There are certain draft rounds that are as well.
Now we have a combination of the two.
Mike Gesicki, picked in the second round last season — a round that has been (sometimes) really good or (mostly) really bad for the Dolphins — has taken advantage of the departure of a failed third-round selection.
.@mikegesicki has switched number from 86 to 88, the number he wore at Penn State. Leonte Carroo had 88 last season.
— Alain Poupart (@apoupartFins) April 15, 2019
Gesicki was sort of a flop as a rookie, though our Chris Kouffman of Three Yards Per Carry documented the problems in usage that contributed to his lack of production (blame Adam Gase, in other words).
Now, though, he’s chosen a number that is sort of jinxed.
You can find the complete list of No. 88’s here.
We will pay homage to the great Jim Mandich — a good player and a better broadcaster — by drinking a green lizard with the windows down. And Keith Jackson was decent here, though not as good as he was in Philadelphia.
I miss hearing MADDOG on the radio saying "All right Miami"
RIP Jim Mandich pic.twitter.com/Y21C6UpUha
— 🐬DOLFAN🏈NEIL🐬 (@DolfanNeil) July 1, 2017
Charles Jordan, last seen giving gang signs on the sidelines in Oakland.
Derrius Thompson, a Dave Wannstedt special.
Cris Carter — not the Hall of Fame version, but the version who let a critical touchdown slip through his hands in Minnesota while with the Dolphins.
David Martin, a disastrous addition at tight end.
Oh, and Carroo, who cost the Dolphins three draft picks and couldn’t crack the lineup.
So it’s up to Gesicki to change that.
Or he’ll be 86’d too, before too long.
Feature photo by Tony Capobianco