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Antonio Gates | Tight End

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
It's just a maintenance day. Gates is a low-end TE1 for Sunday's matchup with Buffalo. Sep 17 - 2:23 PM

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Antonio Gates caught 7-of-7 targets for 96 yards and three touchdowns in San Diego's Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Gates' vise-like mitts were the reason the Chargers were able to play keep away and upend the defending champs. Two of his scoring grabs came on third down, while the third came on a 2nd-and-20. Gates' third TD was a one-handed circus catch perhaps 3-4 other players in the NFL are capable of making. Even at 34, his hands are just unfathomably strong. Gates' big day came as backup Ladarius Green received zero targets. Whatever questions there were at tight end for the Chargers have been answered. Gates is still far and away No. 1, with Green more of an upside dream than actual fantasy option.
Sep 14 - 7:49 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Seahawks.

As is Keenan Allen (ribs). Both players were probable on the injury report. Inactive for the Chargers are CB Brandon Flowers, OLB Jarret Johnson, FS Jahleel Addae, RB Branden Oliver, CB Chris Davis, DL Ricardo Mathews and OG Doug Legursky. First-rounder Jason Verrett will start in Flowers' absence.
Sep 14 - 2:39 PM

Antonio Gates (probable, hamstring) returned to Chargers practice Friday.

He'll be in the starting lineup for Sunday's bout with the Seahawks.
Sep 12 - 1:59 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not practicing Thursday.

Gates didn't appear to suffer any setbacks as he put a 6-81-0 line on the Cardinals Monday night, so this looks like another veteran's day off in a short week. Regardless, he'd be a poor TE2 bet against the Seahawks' dominant defense in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 2:42 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Gates didn't suffer any setbacks in Monday's night loss, so this is likely for rest purposes. He could need regular maintenance until his hamstring is fully healthy. Gates will be a TE2 option for Week 2 against Seattle.
Sep 10 - 2:46 PM

Antonio Gates caught six passes for 81 yards in Monday night's Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

Gates entered the opener as a game-time decision due to a balky hamstring, but ended up leading the Bolts in receiving and seeing a team-high ten targets. Gates dropped a pass or two, but overall won enough matchups in the middle of the field to keep his role on offense safe. Ladarius Green is not yet a threat to Gates. Philip Rivers loves Gates, but he's nothing more than a TE2.
Sep 9 - 2:01 AM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Monday night's Week 1 opener versus the Cardinals.

Gates popped up on the injury report Saturday morning, and was a game-time decision. He's going to give it a go, but expect to see plenty of Ladarius Green. Inactive for the Chargers are S Jahleel Addae, NT Ryan Carrethers, CB Chris Davis, WR Dontrelle Inman, NT Ricardo Mathews, RB Branden Oliver, and LB Tourek Williams.
Sep 8 - 8:58 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's opener against the Cardinals.

Gates apparently "tweaked" his hamstring during a Saturday morning practice. But details are scarce because there was no media availability at the session and coach Mike McCoy was not available for comment. All we know is that a "questionable" designation means Gates is 50-50, by definition. If he can't go, Ladarius Green gets a massive boost in a dream matchup against a Cardinals team that is inept at defending the tight end.
Sep 6 - 5:12 PM

Antonio Gates caught all three of his targets for 28 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's third preseason game against the 49ers.

Gates beat 49ers FS Craig Dahl for a 10-yard score late in the first quarter for the game's only touchdown of the first half. The three grabs were Gates' first of the preseason, and he won't play much, if at all, next week. Gates isn't going to dominate targets between the 20s like he has in the past, but he's still a red-zone threat. He's available late in drafts, but we're mostly staying away.
Aug 24 - 6:13 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego says Antonio Gates is "still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment" in the red zone.

"That's more a compliment of Gates than a slam on (Ladarius) Green," said reporter Kevin Acee. "You will see Green more. (Philip) Rivers trusts him. But Gates is still the man ... You'll see them both on the field a fair amount." 34-year-old Gates isn't going away, but his smarts and savvy can't hide his declining athleticism. We'd rather take an upside shot on Ladarius in the 11th round than use a 13th-rounder on Gates.
Aug 13 - 7:33 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams says Antonio Gates "will remain the most targeted tight end on San Diego's roster."

Williams insists the 34-year-old Gates "can still beat one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field, particularly in the red zone." We'll see. Gates' athletic ability has been on the decline for years now, and he averaged just 3.0 catches for 27.8 yards with one touchdown over the final eight games of last year. He's not a player we'd bet on rebounding, especially with Ladarius Green ready to pop off.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 9:58 AM

Antonio Gates (personal) rejoined the Chargers Wednesday.

Gates missed spring workouts due to an undisclosed family circumstance. He's now back with the team and set to run with emerging stud Ladarius Green in two-tight end formations. Over the final eight games of last season (including playoffs), Gates managed just 3.0 catches for 27.8 yards per day with one touchdown.
Jul 24 - 10:13 AM

Antonio Gates is an excused absence at this week's mandatory minicamp.

Gates is believed to be dealing with a serious illness in his family, but it's not like the 11-year veteran needs these practices anyway. He's going to be the starting tight end once again despite slowing down drastically last season. Now at age 34 in a run-heavy scheme with Ladarius Green breathing down his neck, Gates is not a recommended TE1. Over the final eight games of last year (including playoffs), he averaged 3.0 catches for 27.8 yards and scored one touchdown.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 9:40 AM

Antonio Gates managed two catches for 10 yards in San Diego's Divisional Round loss to Denver.

The Chargers got nothing going in the air in the first half, going into the break with one net yard passing. Gates finally caught a ball with under nine minutes left in the third quarter, gaining five yards. Gates slowed considerably down the stretch of his age-33 season, failing to top 50 yards in eight consecutive games to close out the year, including playoffs. Gates turns 34 in June. We suspect he'll return for 2014 at a $5 million base salary, but it's not guaranteed with Ladarius Green coming on. Gates certainly won't be a recommended re-draft fantasy pick.
Jan 12 - 8:03 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3Donald Brown
4Branden Oliver
5Marion Grice
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Ryan Mathews
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Seyi Ajirotutu
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
K1Nick Novak