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TE Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

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

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 9): Gates has lost a step in a straight line, but he can still create separation, and most importantly, he still has the trust of Philip Rivers. While he lacks top-end upside, he can be a serviceable TE1 in PPR leagues, as sadly for Ladarius Green owners, Gates is not going away.

General News (Fri Sep 12): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Wed Sep 10): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 2: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. In this game, San Diego comes off a late Monday Night Football game to face Seattle, who got a long weekend to rest after opening the season two Thursdays ago (essentially a mini-bye week). Seattle will have the more-well-rested squad for this contest, friends. Philip Rivers tossed 21/36 for 238 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Arizona on Monday night, taking zero sacks during the game. Antonio Gates (10 targets for 6/81/0 receiving) led the team in receiving, followed by Malcom Floyd (six for 4/50/1) and Keenan Allen (nine for 5/37/0). The numbers weren't great in either phase of the game against the talented Arizona defense - and Rivers has another tough draw again on Sunday against this Seahawks' Super Bowl winning defensive unit. Speaking of the Seahawks, they finished off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 36-16 on Thursday night, holding the Packers' vaunted attack to 23/33 for 175 net passing yards, one TD and one interception, with three sacks for -14 yards. That performance was in keeping with last year's finish as the number one pass D in the NFL - they averaged a mere 172 net passing yards allowed per game last season (first in the NFL), and balanced the 16 TDs they allowed with almost twice as many interceptions - 28, first in the NFL - while also generating 44 sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL with Green Bay). Advantage, Seattle.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 at ARI 6 81 0 0
2 vs SEA 7 96 3 0
2 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
2 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
2 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

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.

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Latest News

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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Chargers | Antonio Gates held back in practice (Wed Sep 10, 05:37 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Our View: The old man proved that he wasn't quite done just yet in Week 1. He finished the game against the Cardinals with 10 targets, six receptions and 81 yards.
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Chargers | Antonio Gates not on field (Wed Sep 10, 03:04 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Our View: Gates showed in Week 1 that he's not done just yet. The team needs to rest him while he deals with this hamstring injury.
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Schedule

2vs Seattle Seahawks
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
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