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TE Antonio Gates - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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2017 Week 17 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Gates had another solid performance in place of Hunter Henry. He had a long reception to set up a Keenan Allen touchdown, and added multiple receptions to set up third and short to keep drives going. He showed that although this could be his last ride, he still has enough game to be productive in the NFL.

2017 Week 16 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 81 / 1 rec)

With Hunter Henry inactive, Gates had a golden opportunity to post his best game of the season. Gates took full advantage against the Jets, finishing second on the team in targets and nearly tripling his next best receiving output of 2017. Gates had three chunk gains, one of a wide open throwback play design and another down the seam. Gates showed better movement than much of his 2017 tape in this game. Gates also added a classic touchdown where he boxed out a defender in single coverage on a goal line slant - too easy of a play for the future hall of famer. With Henry out again in Week 17, Gates has another strong opportunity to produce against Oakland.

2017 Week 15 vs KC (3 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)

Gates has been pushed way to the back of the pecking order for targets over the season's second half, but that didn't stop him from a perfectly classic Rivers to Gates connection early in the third quarter. As long as he's been in the league, he still is a mismatch for linebackers in one on one coverage. Gates broke upfield and to the left corner of the end zone, leaving the defender in his wake so Rivers could drop a perfect pass in his arms for the score. The two had failed to be in sync on an earlier floater over the middle, but more than made up for it once they hit the red zone. After the game, it was revealed that Hunter Henry had suffered a lacerated kidney in the game. His status is still unknown, but it would stand to reason that Gates could potentially see some more targets over the final two weeks of the season if Henry is to miss any time.

2017 Week 14 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a game that saw Jeff Cumberland targeted twice, Gates was again conspicuously absent from the gameplan. As Hunter Henry's role has continued to increase, Gates had faded almost into oblivion. Even with the Chargers knocking on the doorstep of the end zone several times, Gates wasn't looked to at all.

2017 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

After going two games without a reception, Gates was involved early in this one. His third reception of the game came with 11:20 still remaining in the first half, and he looked well on his way to a big game. That was his last reception of the game, however, although he may have gotten a chance to score late in the first half if not for a questionable no-call on a possible holding penalty just before halftime. He didn't break any big gains down the field, but he was at least involved. Gates has never been confused for one of the league's better blocking tight ends, so if he isn't catching passes, then his value on the field is minimal. Hunter Henry has mostly usurped Gates as the primary pass-catching tight end on the team, but Henry went down with a scary-looking leg injury late in the contest. If he were to miss any time, Gates would be in line to pick up the lion's share of the tight end targets.

2017 Week 12 vs DAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Henry was the clear second target of the Chargers' passing game in the road win against the Cowboys. Keenan Allen dominated targets with 42% of the team total, but Henry optimized his five targets, catching them all and producing big plays. Henry has been up and down this season, including three straight low-level performances leading up to this week's strong game. Henry was unstoppable on intermediate routes, logging three of his receptions on deep out or crossing routes for substantial gains. Henry showed quality movement for his size and added a contested goal line touchdown as the Chargers opened up a lead on Dallas. While his season has been a disappointment compared to the breakout projections, Henry has nearly matched his rookie season reception and yardage production with more than a month to play. Antonio Gates' decline continues as Henry's snap counts are strong on a weekly basis. The Browns and Redskins offer strong matchups for tight end production over the next two weeks.

2017 Week 11 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite seemingly everyone getting in on the offensive action, Gates wasn't part of the game plan. He nearly scored on a first half jump ball, going high in the air for what would have been a sure touchdown. But he didn't catch it cleanly, and as he regrouped to snag it, a defender came up from the back and jarred the ball loose just as Gates landed. He was again targeted in the end zone early in the second half, but the play never really had a chance as the pass was too low and the play had no real rhythm to it.

2017 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Gates had a big grab over the middle early on, but wasn't quite enough to convert a 3rd and 17 pass play. He added a 9-yard grab later on, but that was the extent of his involvement. He was the target on the 2-point conversion attempt following Travis Benjamin's touchdown, but the pass was fired like a bullet well over his head and never really had a chance to be completed.

2017 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

As Hunter Henry was running wild and having his way with the Oakland defense, Gates wasn't getting very much action whatsoever. He got open off a play action fake for 16 yards up the right side, as the defender slipped allowing him to get wide open (although to his credit, Gates did run a nice route).

2017 Week 5 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Gates' three targets marked the lowest total of the season as the grizzled veteran has yet to surpass 30 yards in a game. One of Gates' receptions came well short of the sticks on third-and-long. Gates' biggest possible impact comes near the goal line, but he did not see any short-range end zone targets against the Giants.

2017 Week 4 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

The tight end usage has been very sporadic in the offense through the season's quarter-pole, and that continued in this game. Neither Gates nor fellow tight end Hunter Henry really lit up the stat sheet, with Gates' involvement really not picking up until the fourth quarter. His back to back easy receptions over the middle went for minimal gains, and was the only way to remember he was even active since his name was rarely called prior to that. He did get open earlier towards the sideline for what could have been a nice gain, but Philip Rivers was under some pressure and put it a little too far over Gates' head.

2017 Week 3 vs KC (5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

The big tight end wasn't heavily involved, but unlike counterpart Hunter Henry, Gates was at least seeing regular targets from Philip Rivers throughout the game. He was the target on the first interception, although he didn't appear to even know where the ball was. He hadn't gotten his head fully turned around by the time it was picked off, so perhaps there was some miscommunication. And he did drop a third down target on a quick out to his left. He kind of pushed off a bit, but left the defender a bit too close to his body so the football was in traffic by the time it got to him. In terms of positive plays, there weren't many. He did haul in a floater over his head as he was running a cross to the right. He looked like he was lumbering a bit, but it got the job done. There were no plays of significance in the red zone, which is where the majority of Gates' production is likely to come from this season.

2017 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)

Gates had just two receptions in the game, but they were both extremely memorable. The first was a nice leaping snag over the middle, which was the 900th reception of Gates' career. His next catch was even more noteworthy. The third quarter touchdown reception was the 112th of his career, passing Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdown receptions in history by a tight end. Also noteworthy is that Gates got to 112 touchdowns in 64 fewer games than Gonzalez. Rivers had actually targeted Gates on the previous play, but the pass was way off-target and nearly intercepted in the back of the end zone. The touchdown itself was vintage Gates, as he shook the defender off the line, found the soft spot, and leapt for the score as he was being dragged to the ground. There was a brief moment where the team celebrated together on the field, and it was the final catch of the game for Gates. Also noteworthy is that Hunter Henry had a whopping seven receptions in the game, and was clearly Rivers' first option in the passing game from the tight end spot when the Chargers weren't in the red zone.

2017 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Gates was nearly invisible for the majority of the game, with just one target through the first three quarters. He finally hauled in his first catch on an 11-yard grab early in the fourth quarter. On one of the late fourth quarter drives, he caught a short pass over the middle to set up a third and short situation. But the majority of the offense ran through the wide receivers and Melvin Gordon in this game.


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