By Eric Zakrevsky, Chargers Correspondent, Thu, Jul 24th 1:04pm EDT
Antonio Gates was missing from all of the Chargers off season workouts due to a family issue. So it is great to see him at camp and ready to go today. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: All the hype has been on TE Ladarius Green so far and with good reason. But the aging veteran showed us last year that he's still got gas left in the tank after catching 77 passes last year for 872 Yards.
Sure he might lose some snaps to Green this Season, but he's a good value pick if he stays healthy at TE with an ADP of 151.
Legion Report | Aug 22nd
There are a couple things that pop out to us when analyzing Antonio Gates for 2014
Number 1: Head Coach Mike McCoy transitioned the offense from a quick-hitting passing attack to a more heavy run offense, as Rivers threw for 30+ Passing Attempts only once in the final six games of the season. Number 2: Ladarius Green See below 2 inches. Green played on 59.7% of the Chargers offensive snaps over the final 7 games of last year, but stayed in to block 60.5% of the time. The Chargers continuously report that Green is taking more steps in his developmental process and will be a larger part of the offense in 2014. Number 3: Over the final 8 Games in 2013, Gates averaged 3.6 Receptions Per Game. As the season wore on, Gates production dwindled to dismal levels than that of where he was to begin the season. Ultimately: Due to the run heavy offense, consistent injury history, position competition within San Diego, age and dwindling production we view Gates as a solid back-up TE for fantasy managers in 2014.
Breaking Football | Aug 7th
The title says it all. Antonio Gates isn’t dead. So, why then, do we keep acting like the San Diego Chargers are planning on pushing his corpse out onto the field in 2014, just to let the younger, more athletic, better looking, cooler, faster, nicer, more popular and apparently in every possible way better Ladarius Green march out there and make the old, dead man look like a washed up tool? ...