WR Clyde Gates, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 192, Born: 6-13-1986, College: Abilene Christian, Drafted: Round 4
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Clyde Gates is very fast, but has too many drops. After Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, the field is wide open for receivers to win jobs with the Jets, but unless he can get rid of the pan-hands, Gates is going to struggle to make the roster. Either way, he has minimal value for fantasy GMs.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Clyde Gates had the pleasure of squaring off with Darrelle Revis for the majority of the game. Geno Smith did not want to challenge Revis and the majority of Gatesí targets were thrown out of bounds. Gates secured his only catch during the fourth quarter. Gates ran a quick drag route against zone coverage and turned up field for a 17-yard gain.
Week 2 - After Gatesí dreadful performance, Jeremy Kerley canít come back soon enough. Gates was the recipient of perhaps Smithís best throw of the game. On a 3rd-and-7 play from New Englandís 9-yard line, Smith rolled to his left and threw across his body to Gates in the end zone. On first glance, it appeared Gates secured the touchdown. However, New England successfully challenged and the play was overturned. Thereís still some debate as to whether the video proves the nose of the ball hit the ground, but the officials saw it differently. Gates had a defender draped over his back, but given the teamís small margin for error, Gates has to do a better job of securing the catch.
Gates had two frustrating drops on third and longs. On both instances, the ball was underthrown, but was very catchable. Gates was targeted on two of Smithís three interceptions, but the passes were off-target. After watching New England push Gates around at the line of scrimmage, itís clear that Gates is not polished and really struggles against press coverage. Gatesí straight line speed is impressive and Smith tends to target him on vertical routes. During the third quarter, Gates got behind two New England defenders for a 34-yard gain on a go-route. This play was his lone bright spot from the game.
Week 4 - After Stephen Hill departed with a first quarter concussion, Gates played the majority of his snaps. Primarily a special teamer, Gates ran a variety of short-to-intermediate routes. Gates had a long play of 11 yards where he ran a short out-route for a first down.
Week 5 - Gates only had one reception for three yards, but those three yards were critical. Smith completed his final pass of the game to Gates for a 3-yard gain. Gates caught a quick screen behind the line of scrimmage and lunged forward. Gatesí effort made Nick Folkís field goal attempt a few yards shorter. Folkís field goal barely went through the left upright, so Gatesí effort helped win the game.
Week 6 - Gates led the team in receptions, which is never a great sign. Gates caught two of his five receptions during the two minute drill in the 2nd quarter. Matched up against William Gay, the receptions went for eight and seven yards as Gates won inside position on intermediate routes. Gates caught three dump offs during the second half and was injured on his fifth reception. After the game, Gates was wearing a sling as he met with the press.