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Antonio Gates | Tight End | #85

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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Antonio Gates caught 2-of-2 targets for ten yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' preseason opener.
Philip Rivers got the crowd fired up with a first-drive five-yard touchdown connection to Gates, who played nine snaps with the first-team group compared to Hunter Henry's seven. Even if Gates plays fewer regular season snaps than Henry, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer will stay involved on obvious passing downs and especially in scoring position. A six- to eight-touchdown season remains well within Gates’ range of potential outcomes. Aug 13 - 8:42 PM

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Antonio Gates said he's completely fine playing a secondary role at 37 years old.

He knows the deal. "I've already said this to Keenan [Allen], because he’s going to have to take us to the promised land in the passing game," Gates said. "He's the guy. I have no problem with saying that. Hopefully, I can get situations and matchups I can take advantage of." Allen isn't the only guy Gates is behind; sophomore Hunter Henry is expected to take over as the every-down tight end this season, while Gates focuses more on third downs and touchdowns. Gates may have a couple TE1 weeks, but he's more of a mid-range TE2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 8:26 PM

One Chargers assistant confirmed to ESPN's Matthew Berry the team was trying to get Antonio Gates the all-time touchdown record for tight ends last season.

Gates wound up tying the record, and he will break it this year. However, the assistant confirmed there will be "no such effort" to force Gates red-zone passes in 2017, and after watching Hunter Henry's rookie-year tape, the Bolts believed Henry should have had 10-12 touchdown catches. (Henry finished with eight.) While the arrow is clearly pointing down on soon-to-be 37-year-old Gates, Henry has sophomore breakout written all over him.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 7 - 11:59 AM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-8 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Chiefs.

It was a monumental day as Gates tied Tony Gonzalez for the most touchdowns (111) by a tight end in NFL history. The future Hall of Famer matched the mark with a diving, two-yard effort in the second quarter, his seventh score of the season and his second in as many weeks. Gates has already said he will be back next season, so he will have a great shot to break the record even in what is expected to be a secondary role behind Hunter Henry. Still, his days as a TE1 are likely at an end.
Jan 1 - 10:14 PM

Antonio Gates said he plans to play in 2017.

Gates signed a two-year deal last offseason, so he's inked through the 2017 campaign. At 36, he said he feels great and is still having fun. "This is not the way I expected to be done," Gates said as the Chargers wrap up another lost season. "I'm definitely leaning toward coming back." 2017 would be his 15th season in the league. He's two touchdowns shy of the tight-end record.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:09:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 8-of-13 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 16 loss to the Browns.

Held to 11 yards in last week's loss to the Raiders, Gates got on the board early with a one-yard touchdown against Cleveland and dominated on San Diego's final two possessions, which unfortunately resulted in a blocked field goal and a missed field goal in the Bolts' loss. Gates needs one touchdown to tie Tony Gonzalez's all-time touchdown record and two touchdowns to pass Gonzo. The Chargers face the tight end-stingy Chiefs next.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Chargers' Week 15 loss to the Raiders.

Gates logged more playing time than Hunter Henry, but Henry out-targeted (4) and out-produced (3-37-1) Gates and is clearly the Chargers' best tight end. All Gates has left to cling to as a fantasy start is the all-time touchdown record, of which Gates remains three TDs shy with two games left in the season. Gates will have a better matchup in Week 16 against the Browns.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:24:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-9 targets for 61 yards in the Chargers' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

Gates led the Chargers in targets, but was actually losing work to Hunter Henry until Henry was shaken up on a Philip Rivers hospital ball. Gates is good for a weekly 4/40, but it's been pretty empty over the past month. He'll be on the TE1/2 borderline for next week's game against the Raiders.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Chargers' Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay.

Gates didn't play every snap, but he came through with clutch receptions in critical passing-down situations when he was in. He is now a rotational tight end with Hunter Henry, rendering both touchdown-or-bust plays in fantasy football.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Antonio Gates was not targeted in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Texans.

Gates appeared to play a full complement of snaps, but he was not involved against a defense which has shut down tight ends this season. Hunter Henry did manage to haul in a touchdown on one of his three targets, but there is no reason to think there has been a changing of the guard. With Tyrell Williams (shoulder) leaving late with an injury, the tight ends should be more involved against the Bucs next week.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-9 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown Week 10 against the Dolphins.

Gates was a bully early in the game, using his body to wall off defenders and make big catches. He caught his touchdown in-between converging defensive backs in the second quarter. Gates was a non-factor after halftime, however, only seeing one target after the break. Even so, the 36-year-old has at least nine targets in each of the last four games and a touchdown in three straight. He will be a TE1 even in a tough matchup against the Texans after the bye.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 08:06:00 PM

Antonio Gates has been held under 40 yards in 6-of-7 games.

He’s on pace for a career-low 8.7 YPR. With Hunter Henry and Travis Benjamin (second half) sidelined, Gates’ Week 9 line was an outlier. The Chargers don’t use Gates between the 20s, giving him 33 percent of his targets in the red-zone. Gates is trending after consecutive touchdown weeks, but his floor is low in games he doesn’t score.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 07:36:00 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Gates' usage has increased considerably over the past few weeks (nine or more targets in each of his last three games). He's a solid mid-range TE1.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Gates. The limited practice suggests it's not serious. Gates has seen at least nine targets the last three games and remains a good weekly bet for heavy red-zone usage and therefore touchdown catches.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-9 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 9 win over the Titans.

A bully over the middle and near the paint, Gates got on the board quickly with a short score and had two more end-zone targets. He was also tackled at the two-yard line in the second half, setting up Melvin Gordon's one-yard touchdown plunge. Quietly, Gates has led the Chargers in targets or tied for the team lead in targets in three straight games. He will be a strong TE1 play with San Diego takes on the Dolphins in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Cardale Jones
4Mike Bercovici
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3Kenneth Farrow
4Andre Williams
5Kenjon Barner
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
FB1Derek Watt
2Kyle Coleman
WR11Keenan Allen
2Dontrelle Inman
3Geremy Davis
4Artavis Scott
5Mike Williams
WR21Tyrell Williams
2Travis Benjamin
3Da'Ron Brown
4Andre Patton
5Mitchell Paige
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Jeff Cumberland
LT1Russell Okung
2Tyreek Burwell
3Sam Tevi
LG1Matt Slauson
2Brett Boyko
C1Spencer Pulley
2Max Tuerk
3Dillon Deboer
RG1Kenny Wiggins
2Dan Feeney
3Donavon Clark
RT1Joe Barksdale
2Chris Hairston
K1Josh Lambo
2Younghoe Koo