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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

6-4, 260Born: 6-18-1980College: Kent StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Everything old is new again! Gates didn't quite that burst/explosiveness of his glory days, but he made the same high degree of difficulty catches and was treated like the #1 target in the offense by his QB. He won't match this game for the rest of the year, but it'll be hard to ignore it when setting your lineup unless he starts to fade like he did in 2013.

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Philip Rivers is off to a great start this season, ranking eighth in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks with 49/73 for 522 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown. He's relied on his running backs for 12/90/0 receiving to date, and hooked up with Antonio Gates the most (13/177/3 receiving out of 17 targets). Keenan Allen (15 targets for 10/92/0 receiving) and Eddie Royal (16 for 8/89/0) have seen the most targets among the wide receivers, while Malcom Floyd (seven for 4/50/1) has claimed the lone TD thrown to a wide receiver so far - Floyd put up a goose-egg against Seattle, though, with zero targets during the game. Last season the Bills were fourth in the NFL averaging 204 net passing yards allowed per game, BUT they gave up 28 passing scores over 16 games. Part of the reason for the low average passing yards allowed was that their rush defense was porous last year so teams elected to run the ball against Buffalo quite a lot. So far this year, Jay Cutler lit up the Bills in Week 1 for 34/49 yielding 341 net yards passing and two TDs but also two interceptions thrown while being sacked twice for -8 yards. The Dolphins managed 31/49 for 210 net yards in Week 2, with one TD and one interception thrown, while taking four sacks for -31 yards. The Bills are currently 27th in the NFL averaging 275.5 net passing yards allowed per game, but they are tied for fourth in the NFL with three interceptions so far and tied for sixth with six sacks so far. This pass D gambles trying to create big turnovers or big losses on sacks. The Chargers' passing attack handled the feared Seahawks with aplomb last week - they have an attractive matchup against the free-wheeling and generous Buffalo pass D this week as well.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 6 81 0 0
2 vs SEA 7 96 3 0
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (10 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)

For a player who was questionable to play earlier in the week, Gates sure looked healthy out there. There was no noticeable limp, no hesitance, and in fact he actually looked to be moving around just as well as he does when he's not injured. Unfortunately, his hands didn't look quite as good as his feet, as he contributed a handful of dropped passes to the team's ledger. He did manage to get down the field on a couple of occasions for a few big gainers, including a team-long 34-yard reception along with left sideline. The defender had no chance as Gates shook him free essentially off the line. Despite calls for a reduced role in the offense, he led both teams in targets and had seven more targets than TE Ladarius Green.

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 7 / 96 / 3 rec)

Gates was targeted early and often, and was Philip Rivers security blanket when things broke down in the pocket. Gates faced heavy coverage throughout, but was able to take advantage of the linebackers guarding him, winning the one-on-one battle again and again. On all three TD catches, he was facing man coverage, but Rivers' timing of the pass was impeccable. At the moment Gates broke free, the ball would seemingly appear at that exact moment. The third score was the most memorable, as Gates reached out and brought in the ball one-handed. And after that, Gates was responsible for a key third down conversion to put the game away. Is the real Antonio Gates back? Hard to say, but for one game at least, he was absolutely dominant.


Latest News

Chargers | Antonio Gates a limited participant (Thu Sep 18, 05:34 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Chargers | Antonio Gates sits out (Wed Sep 17, 03:56 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Chargers | Antonio Gates active (Sun Sep 14, 03:06 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 2 game.

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Chargers | Antonio Gates probable (Fri Sep 12, 05:12 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is probable for the team's Week 2 game.

Our View: Gates seemed very questionable heading into Monday night's game, but he was no worse for the wear. The veteran is a low ceiling TE1 play vs. the stiff Seattle defense.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates sitting (Thu Sep 11, 02:48 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not participating in position drills Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Gates is still banged up, but this is probably just a day to keep him rested for the coming weekend. This news might tempt everyone to trot out Ladarius Green again, and but we're not falling for the "banana in the tailpipe" trick twice. For whatever reason, Green will always play second fiddle to Antonio Gates and we may love Green's upside but we may not see it until Gates is retired or sidelined for numerous games. Gates himself is a TE2 and no more, particularly against the Seattle Seahawks.
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3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
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11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs