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TE Ladarius Green - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-6, 238Born: 5-29-1990College: La.-LafayetteDrafted: Round 4

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2015 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

In this game, it was Green and not Antonio Gates who provided the majority of the receiving duties from the tight end position. Green was the target of San Diego's first red zone pass play, but a good defensive play by Oakland knocked it away from Green at the last second. Green saw another end zone target late in the game on what looked to be a 30-yard touchdown. Philip Rivers placed it perfectly over Green's shoulder in the end zone for the score, and Green went to the ground to bring it in. However, after review, replays showed that the ball appeared to move as he tried to secure it, and it was ruled an incomplete pass. On the next play, he made a short 6-yard grab on a crossing route that also didn't count since there was holding on the play. There were two more pass plays late that nearly went for receptions but instead were either knocked away at the last second or just outright dropped, continuing the frustration of Green's day. On the bright side, his route-running and speed continue to make him look like a young Antonio Gates clone out there, and commentator Phil Simms even thought Gates had made a reception on a quick slant over the middle only to realize upon replay that it was actually Green.

2015 Week 15 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Green had but two short catches over the middle for minimal gains, but continues looking like an Antonio Gates clone with every catch he makes. It is likely a matter of time before Green takes over as the primary pass-catching tight end in this offense, whether 2016 or 2017.

2015 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Even with all the injuries to the San Diego receiving corps, Green has still mostly been an afterthought since Antonio Gates returned to the lineup. In this one, Green made a short catch over the middle in the first half as the second or third option in the pattern. And later added a wide open catch on a crossing route to the left, getting to the edge for a nice gain. But those were his only real contributions. What was more significant was the pass he did NOT bring in, a red zone look on San Diego's last-gasp drive near the Kansas City goal line. Quarterback Philip Rivers put the ball on Green's hands, albeit perhaps a bit too high, and the big tight end was unable to reel in what would have been the game-tying score.

2015 Week 13 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Green had a very Gates-esque reception on a crossing route, out-running the linebacker to the edge en route to picking up 16 yards on the play. He was later targeted on a deep corner fade in the end zone, but the ball was overthrown by a good amount. He also had a fourth down floater go off his fingertips on the last-gasp drive by San Diego, but it would have been a very difficult catch to make.

2015 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

With Antonio Gates slowly working his way back into game shape, Green's role has been greatly reduced in recent weeks. Gates hauled in two red zone scores in this game, and Green's name wasn't even called once the entire first half. In the second half, he hauled in his lone catch on a diving grab along the right sideline to convert a 2nd and 19 pass play.

2015 Week 11 vs KC (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Green has been hobbled in recent weeks with an ankle injury. That, coupled with the return of Antonio Gates, has led to a very decreased role for Green. While every Charger struggled in this one, Green caught just one short pass the entire game. He did have a chance to haul in a long one after getting open down the seam, but dropped it. The ball was thrown nearly perfectly, but Green didn't go far enough to the ground to get under the pass and haul it in.

2015 Week 8 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Green was a high upside sleeper coming into the week, due to the uncertain status of starting tight end Antonio Gates. Green was on the field to start, not Gates. But after Green's first catch, he went to the sideline to have his ankle re-taped. There were very few updates on his condition, but in the middle of the third quarter, he appeared on the sideline in streetclothes, and did not return to the game.

2015 Week 7 vs OAK (9 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)

Green started in place of the injured Antonio Gates, and as usual he provided a reasonable facsimile of Gates' production. As was the case with most of the Chargers, Green was very quiet to open the game. He made a couple of short catches, but nothing that really put a dent in the box score. In the second half as the Chargers played desperation ball to try and catch up, Green was a big beneficiary of the pass-happy approach. He snared a wide open crossing route, beating the defender to the edge, and taking it up the right sideline untouched for an easy touchdown. He later dropped a wide open third down pass that would have led to big yardage had he hung on. It appeared he tried running before he secured the catch. There was only one man between Green and the end zone, though it's unlikely he'd have scored. Green did provide some comfort to owners who were upset over that drop by snagging not one but two, two point conversions. The first was a laser pass by Philip Rivers that Green leaped to pluck out of the air. The second one was another bullet pass, this time in traffic. Green's role is expected to reduce with Gates returning to the fold next week.

2015 Week 6 vs GB (4 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Despite the heavy action seen by Antonio Gates since his return from suspension, Green has still gotten a decent share of the workload (and far more than most secondary tight ends). This game was no different, as Green saw several critical targets, and was one of only two players to haul in a touchdown for San Diego. Green nearly scored in the first half, but couldn't quite bring in a high pass that glanced off his fingertips. The ball may have been just a bit high and would have been a terrific catch had he hauled it in. Green made up for that near-miss by bringing in an actual score in the second half when he pulled down a perfectly-thrown pass to the front corner of the end zone. Green was locked in single coverage (as will be typical with Gates back in the fold), and easily outran the linebacker for the score. Late in the contest, made a sliding grab at the 5-yard line to set up the potential game-tying touchdown. San Diego was unable to convert, however, and the chance for a win ended there.

2015 Week 5 vs PIT (5 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Green had one nice play wiped out by a penalty, but he was still involved throughout the game, often as the only tight end on the field while Antonio Gates was getting a breather in his return. Green appears to have a permanent place in the Chargers pass offense, although the presence of Gates will cap his weekly ceiling.

2015 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)

Green missed last week's game with a concussion, but was a surprise active this time around. As usual, Green looked very Antonio Gates-like in all of his routes and actions. He even found the end zone once again by going high over the defender whose hands were in his face. Green skied in the air and showed terrific hands in coming down with the floater for the touchdown, and he chose a nice time to have a big performance with Gates set to return from his suspension next week. It wasn't all good for Green, as there was some miscommuncation between he and Rivers on a first half pass. Green took off for the end zone when Rivers expected him to break out towards the sideline, and Green heard about it from his quarterback afterwards. But clearly that didn't shake Rivers' confidence in the young tight end, first with the touchdown pass and later with a 17-yard crossing route on the eventual game-winning field goal drive.

2015 Week 2 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Green continues to look like a young Antonio Gates clone, as the team has retained the same offense and seemingly the same route maps for Green to run as they used for Gates. The youngster showed nice hands in snagging a floater over the top of the defense, and used a Gates-like pivot move to get open soon after. He finished the first half with four receptions, and was on his way to a seemingly huge game. But in the second half, Cincinnati put the clamps on and added a second defender to cover him, and he was effectively removed from the game by that. Unfortunately for San Diego, nobody else was really able to take advantage of the extra attention being paid to Green, so it remains to be seen if this is a blueprint that others will be able to follow to stifle San Diego's passing game moving forward.

2015 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)

As of a few days ago, Green was looking very questionable to even play this game. He suffered a concussion last week, and didn't look like he'd be ready to roll. But he improved enough to suit up, and it was quite a performance. For a guy who needs to take advantage of the Antonio Gates suspension for the first four weeks, this was certainly a performance that qualifies as a breakout. He looked very Gates-esque in hauling in receptions on crossing routes over the middle of the field. There are just so many weapons on the Chargers that it's difficult to keep track of Green at all times. He showed good speed, and a lot of strength in brushing off tacklers like it was nothing. Late in the contest, he snagged a pass over the middle and waltzed into the end zone for his first score of the season. With Gates returning in Week 5, it will be interesting to see how the team divvies up the tight end workload if Green continues to look this good.


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