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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 20): Gates did almost all of his damage on a two-minute drill, but the Chiefs didn't exactly give the Chargers many other opportunities. He's still a high ceiling/low floor TE1.

Week 8: at Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. Philip Rivers had a tepid game against the Chiefs last week, with 17/31 for 205 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (while taking two sacks for -23 yards). His tight ends handled both TDs, with five targets for 3/61/1 going to Antonio Gates and one target for 1/1/1 landing in John Phillips' arms. Keenan Allen (10 targets for 6/58/0) and Malcom Floyd (seven for 3/50/0) led the Chargers' wide receiving corps last week. The Broncos' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 242.5 net yards allowed per game, with nine passing scores given up vs. five interceptions (17th in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for third in the league) generated so far this year. San Diego has allowed just 11 sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL), but Rivers will see significant pass pressure from the hard-charging Broncos at home in deafening Mile High Stadium this Thursday night. Last week, Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert attempted 27/46 for 248 net yards, two TDs and one interception at Mile High, while being sacked six times for -53 yards. Geno Smith was sacked four times for -17 yards two weeks back (23/43 for 173 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown). This is a divisional game at partisan Mile High Stadium - it is a neutral matchup for the visiting Chargers who will be in a fast-paced duel between Rivers and Peyton Manning.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs JAX 3 30 0 0
5 vs NYJ 4 60 2 0
6 at OAK 3 27 1 0
7 vs KC 3 61 1 0
8 at DEN PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
8 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
8 at DEN PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 60 / 2 rec)

At this point, it appears obvious that Gates' productivity is going to be somewhat inconsistent. Some games, he'll go off, and some games, he'll virtually disappear. Fortunately for his owners, this one was the former. He got wide open for a floater from QB Philip Rivers to cap the team's opening drive with a touchdown. He easily dominated his man off the line, tying former Rams WR Isaac Bruce for 10th on the all-time touchdown list with the 91st of his career. Gates added a second score later in the first half, demonstrating some nifty footwork in the front corner of the end zone. He barely got his first foot down inbounds as he caught the ball, but officials ruled he had gotten both feet in. In between the scores, he turned a simple crossing route into a 28-yard catch-and-run by running away from his man and showing a burst rarely seen from the big man in recent seasons. With so many options in the offense, his productivity may be sporadic at times. But it's pretty evident that Rivers has as much trust in Gates as any other receiver when the team is in the red zone.

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.


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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