"I just kept my faith", Fitzpatrick said to ESPN in reference to Hurricane Irene, which struck his home in Old Bridge in 2011. Due to what is quickly becoming a unique skill set in the National Football League, there is a very good chance that Smythe has a place on an National Football League roster - whether it be Miami or somewhere else - for a long time.
Over the last few days, Gesicki being picked by the AFC East franchise became more and more likely considering it does not have a starting tight end.
Miami had difficulty covering running backs and tight ends last season and Dolphins general manager Chris Grier believes Baker will help improve its pass defense in 2018.
Led the Big Ten and was tied for No. 7 nationally in receptions by a tight end (48) and receiving yards by a tight end (679) in 2016.
"We didn't think any of the quarterbacks would make it to us", Grier said. As a senior, he grabbed 57 passes for 563 yards and nine TDs. Miami now has MarQueis Gray, A.J. Derby, Thomas Duarte and the recently signed Gavin Escobar at the position, none of whom is a bonafide starter. He still came out early after his junior season, but lost that momentum with some up-and-down play in 2017.
The 22-year-old finished with the best career for a tight end in Penn State history. He showed high-end size-adjusted athleticism in Indy and ran 4.46. Even at the next level, he will pose a matchup problem with his ability to high-point the ball and outleap his defenders. Jason Cabinda, Grant Haley, Troy Apke, Brendan Mahon and Saeed Blacknall have also appeared in mock drafts. He's the first Nittany Lion tight end to be taken in the top 100 overall since Kyle Brady, who went No. 9 overall in 1995.