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Week 5 Outlook
Chargers GM Tom Telesco says the team is open to bringing back franchise icon Antonio Gates in 2019.
The Chargers weren't planning on having Gates this past season but they re-signed him once Hunter Henry tore his ACL. Henry should be all systems go for 2019 so Gates would merely be his backup if he returns to Los Angeles. The 38-year-old hauled in 28 receptions and two touchdowns this year.
Antonio Gates caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 41-28 divisional round loss to the Patriots.
Hunter Henry saw just 14 snaps in this one, which made Gates the primary tight end for Philip Rivers. The Chargers offense struggled for most of the day, but Gates found the end zone in garbage time. It's unclear if he plans to return in 2019. The 38-year-old is one of the best to ever play his position.
Antonio Gates caught four passes for 35 yards as the Chargers beat the Ravens 23-17 in Week 18.
It's just the fourth time this season Gates has totaled over 30 yards. The 38-year-old is a primary target for Philip Rivers on third downs. Gates could see fewer looks next weeks if Hunter Henry (knee) is able to return.
Antonio Gates did not record a catch on two targets in the Chargers' 23-9 win over the Broncos Sunday.
Gates has been invisible most the season and the former fantasy titan is likely to retire.
Antonio Gates had three receptions for 21 yards on five targets in the Chargers' 22-10 loss to the Ravens Saturday night. He also lost one fumble.
Gates had another rough outing Saturday with just 21 yards and a lost fumble. The once dominant tight end looks headed for retirement.