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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 Nov 23): Gates is fighting with his quarterback on the sidelines and his fantasy owners are the ones suffering the most. If Gates isn't good against Jacksonville this week, it might be time to say his age and injuries and lack of supporting cast are too much for him to overcome this year.

General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Chargers offensive line is a shambles due to multiple key injuries - and their passing totals/sacks allowed (three given up for -29 yards). Philip Rivers and company eked out 19/30 for 178 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. Stevie Johnson (eight targets for 7/54/0 receiving) and Dontrelle Inman (five for 3/51/0) did their best to fill in for the injured Keenan Allen (lacerated kidneys/IR) and Malcom Floyd (torn labrum in shoulder, Out last week) but combined with the chaos up front there wasn't much they could get done. San Diego only scored three points last week, and they may struggle to get more than that again this week given the dire injury woes impacting the offense. The Jaguar's pass D is ranked 25th in the NFL averaging 262.8 net yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores handed out vs. five interceptions generated (next-to-last in the NFL). They are in the middle of the NFL with 23 sacks this season (tied for 15th) and will be bringing the heat through that awful offensive line on Sunday. Last week, Tennessee was held to 22/35 for 212 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -19 yards at Jacksonville. The Chargers may give up even more this week. This is a neutral matchup on balance, but the glaring flaws of the Chargers' offense are there for everyone to see right now, and they haven't been able to address all the injury issues adequately.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at BAL 33 4 56 0 0 5.6
9 vs CHI 63 6 69 0 0 6.9
11 vs KC 29 1 6 0 0 0.6
12 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
12 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
12 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs KC (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

After getting two weeks of rest since the last game, Gates still appears to be playing at far less than 100%.He caught just one pass, and was barely even targeted aside from that one (despite the fact that the huge majority of San Diego pass attempts were of the short and intermediate variety, Gates' specialty). Early on, Gates was seen yelling at quarterback Philip Rivers on the sideline. Things appeared to get heated, and Gates walked away as Rivers was still talking to him. At that point, he still hadn't caught a pass. Facing a 2nd and long pass play, Gates got wide open down the seam for what would have been a uge gain, but Rivers sailed it way over his head and not even close to where he wanted it. That was Gates' best opportunity to make a play, and even that wasn't really all that close.

2015 Week 9 vs CHI (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)

Gates had a fairly solid game, thanks in large part to a huge 40-yard catch and run in the second half. We use the term "run" liberally, because he got open near the sideline and caught a long pass - and then kind of stumbled his way downfield for some extra yardage. He still doesn't seem to be moving fluidly on his injured knee. Later on in the fourth quarter, Gates appeared to have caught a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone following a Philip Rivers rollout. But a Charger lineman was illegally downfield on the play, negating the score. Later, Gates caught a short pass over the middle and was tackled down at the 5-yard line. Not quite the touchdown from a few plays earlier. Most of his targets were short passes over the middle, as usual. But he didn't convert very many of them, and aside from the one long gain, most of his receptions went for very little yardage (doing some quick math, his other five receptions totaled just 29 yards aside from the one big gain).

2015 Week 8 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)

Gates was questionable to play this game due to an MCL injury (knee). At times last week, it was reported that it could be a "multi-week injury", but Gates was surprisingly on the active list for this game. He was on the sideline to open the game, but looked plenty healthy going across the field on a crossing route for a 30-yard gain early on. Soon after, he drew a pass interference penalty for a first down with the defender draped all over him. Despite the fact that wide receiver Keenan Allen missed the entire second half, Gates would only add a handful of receptions the rest of the game.

2015 Week 6 vs GB (16 / 9 / 95 / 0 rec)

On a day that Keenan Allen hauled in 14 receptions, it was actually the big tight end Gates who saw the most targets in the game. In fairness, the Chargers leaned on him much more heavily after Allen left the game with an injury, but he was an integral part of the attack right from the outset. He could have scored very early on in the game, streaking wide open towards the end zone. But Philip Rivers was hit as he threw, which disrupted the timing and power of the pass and the ball sailed well over Gates' head. Soon after, Gates nearly hauled in another touchdown but allowed the ball to bounce off his fingertips for a drop. At worst, it would have been a first down and goal from the goal line for the Chargers. Instead, it was a fourth down drop that resulted in the ball going to the Packers. Gates would remain fairly quiet until he grabbed a pass late in the first half, but he still wasn't putting up huge stats. That all changed in the second half, as Rivers really leaned on him. Gates had one reception on a crossing route that went for 21 yards, but could have gone for many more if wide receiver Dontrelle Inman had been able to hold his block just a bit longer (or if Gates had read the block differently and cut the opposite way). Late in the game, Gates showed some tremendous athleticism by snagging a pass over the middle with one hand. On the team's last-gasp drive to try and tie it up, Gates was the target of a pass along the back of the end zone from Rivers, but the ball never reall had a great chance to be completed. Curiously, the other three goal line opportunities on that series all went to Danny Woodhead.

2015 Week 5 vs PIT (11 / 9 / 92 / 2 rec)

The Chargers seemed intent on announcing Gates' return and getting him his 100th touchdown early as he dominated the opening drive with three catches. The veteran was sprinkled in working the short middle as the Chargers offense sputtered, and then he became prominent again when the Chargers closed in for their second score, notched once again by Gates. While he was being spelled and played from all of the snaps, Gates was on the field and active in the offense when and where it counted most.


Latest News

Chargers | Antonio Gates has full practice (Thu Nov 26, 04:38 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hip) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: With all the injuries in the offense, Gates is one of the last men standing and should see a lot of work, making him a solid TE1 option this week.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd limited (Wed Nov 25, 06:48 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hip) and WR Malcom Floyd (shoulder) were limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Chargers | San Diego TEs do nothing in loss (Sun Nov 22, 09:58 PM) - San Diego Chargers TEs Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates were each limited to just one catch in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Gates isn't right, and he and Philip Rivers got in a shouting match on the sidelines, showing frustration with the offense and team as a whole. Gates might be hard to trust this week despite the great matchup with the Jaguars.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green active (Sun Nov 22, 02:47 PM) - San Diego Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (knee, hip) and Ladarius Green (ankle) are active Sunday, Nov. 22, against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Green is a surprise active and good desperation TE play.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates has owned Kansas City (Fri Nov 20, 10:27 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates faces the Kansas City Chiefs at home in Week 11, and he has caught at least one touchdown in five straight home games against the Chiefs.

Our View: Gates isn't at full strength, but he should be able to do enough against the Chiefs to be a TE1 (like he always is) in Week 11.
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