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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 Oct 27): Gates is near the end of a hall of fame career, but you wouldn't know it by the way he is playing. Philip Rivers knows who butters his bread in the end zone, and Gates will continue to make it worth enduring the low spots for the peaks that few can match at tight end.

Week 9: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Though Philip Rivers has slung 47/72 for 457 yards, five TDs and three interceptions over the past two games, the Chargers have dropped two straight. He's relied on Antonio Gates the most in scoring situations of late (with 13 targets for 8/115/3 receiving), while throwing double-digit targets to three other players over that two game span: Keenan Allen (23 for 15/131/1); Branden Oliver (10 for 9/38/0 receiving); and Malcom Floyd (14 for 7/108/0). The Chargers' pass offense is productive of late despite the slide in the W-L column. The Dolphins' pass D is ranked third in the NFL averaging just 211.6 net yards allowed per game, with 12 pass TDs given up, vs. six interceptions generated, and 21 sacks thrown down (tied for 17th- and ninth-ranked, respectively). Blake Bortles was sacked four times for -20 yards last week (18/34 for 201 net passing yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown). Jay Cutler was dumped three times for -18 yards two weeks ago (21/34 for 172 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown). This is one of the best pass defenses in the NFL folks, and they have the home crowd behind them this weekend. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
5 vs NYJ 4 60 2 0
6 at OAK 3 27 1 0
7 vs KC 3 61 1 0
8 at DEN 5 54 2 0
9 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
9 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
9 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Teams continue to use single coverage on Gates in the red zone, and he and QB Philip Rivers continue to make them pay. In this game, the ball was tipped at the line but Gates maintained excellent concentration on the pass to haul it in. The ball obviously came to him a bit awkwardly having been deflected, but he shielded the defender with his body and sort of cradled the pass as he brought it in for the score. He was targeted on two other occasions in the end zone as well. The first was early in the game and he had the ball in his hands over the goal line, but the ball was jarred loose when he was hit hard by a defender. Later in the game, Rivers tried forcing one to Gates in triple coverage and it never really had a chance to be caught.

2014 Week 7 vs KC (5 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)

Gates was a man among boys in the first half of this game. He had three critical grabs on a late drive that the Chargers executed with lightning quickness (no pun intended). The first was a key third and 3 catch over the middle to convert for a first down and keep the drive alive. The second was a highly athletic play along the sideline for 27 yards, featuring Gates twisting towards the sideline and making a terrific adjustment to haul in the pass. And of course, the biggest offensive play of the game for San Diego was the touchdown pass he hauled in just before the end of the half. Rivers hoisted a pass in his direction in the end zone that was tipped at the line. Gates somehow kept his composure and maintained concentration on the ball to haul it in while keeping his feet inbounds. It was a terrific play that represented the 94th touchdown reception of his career.

2014 Week 8 vs DEN (8 / 5 / 54 / 2 rec)

Gates continues to defy logic in what has been a complete resurgence for him in 2014. He was overshadowed by WR Keenan Allen in terms of targets, but Gates was once again the go-to guy in the red zone, as he has been all season long for QB Philip Rivers. His longest catch of the game was an outstanding fingertip grab over the top down the seam. With his arms fully extended, Gates cradled the lob from Rivers to pick up a key third down and simultaneously pass Lance Alworth as the Chargers' all-time leader in receiving yardage. That catch led to a Keenan Allen touchdown, but Gates wasn't finished, as he added two scores in the second half. The first was a wide open grab over the middle of the field off a bullet strike from Rivers. Gates had actually been targeted on the previous play and had the ball knocked from his hands at the last moment. But Rivers continued going back to that well. Later in the game, the QB hoisted a pass to the front corner of the end zone for a jump ball. In one on one coverage, Gates went high in the air to snag it at its highest point while expertly using his body to shield the defender and come down with the score.

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Latest News

Chargers | Antonio Gates breaks record (Fri Oct 24, 08:45 AM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates became the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards, passing WR Lance Alworth, at 9,585 yards Thursday, Oct. 23.

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Schedule

9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
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