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Ladarius Green | Tight End

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
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Ladarius Green wasn't targeted in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.
Green's 0-fer came on a night where Philip Rivers attempted 37 passes, three of which became Antonio Gates touchdowns. Although Green's upside has been well established, fantasy owners have to accept Green is miles behind Gates on the Bolts' depth chart for the time being. He's not a must-drop in 12-team leagues, but he's hardly a must-hold. Sep 14 - 8:07 PM

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Ladarius Green played just 24-of-62 offensive snaps in Monday night's Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

Green was asked to block on 17 of those and ran just seven pass routes, catching both of his targets for a total of 24 yards. The Chargers mind-numbingly continue to prefer to use Eddie Royal as their slot receiver. He caught just 1-of-6 targets against Arizona and dropped three passes. Green would be a matchup nightmare out of the slot, but coach Mike McCoy seems to be the only one who doesn't know it. Green will likely block a ton in Week 2 versus Seattle.
Sep 10 - 11:42 AM

Ladarius Green caught both of his targets for 24 yards in San Diego's Week 1 loss to Arizona on Monday night.

Green got the start in a two-tight end set, but played awfully sparingly in the first half. He came out with the starters again to open the second half, playing a handful of snaps, before again heading to the bench. For some reason, the coaches feel the need to play Eddie Royal over talented Green. When Green is in the game, it gives the defense another weapon to worry about. Teams don't fear drop-prone Royal. Green is merely a back-end TE2.
Sep 9 - 2:11 AM

Over the last two preseason games, Ladarius Green has played on just 13 of Philip Rivers' 28 snaps and seen one target.

During this span, Antonio Gates has played 26 snaps with Rivers and seen three targets. Gates plays in the majority of single-tight end formations, leaving Green with question marks about both snap count and role in the passing game. It's frustratingly similar to the issues he faced in 2013. At this point, we'd rather stash the freaky talent of Green on our bench as a TE2 than ride him as a starter. Gates won't go away quietly.
Aug 25 - 2:18 PM

Ladarius Green caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in Sunday's third preseason game against the 49ers.

Green played with the ones and twos Sunday afternoon. Green has five grabs for 51 yards on seven targets through three weeks of the preseason. Heading into Sunday, he was Pro Football Focus' No. 2-ranked tight end this exhibition season. Green has drawn positive marks with his blocking and continues to get more looks as a pass catcher. He has gobs of upside as a TE2.
Aug 24 - 7:02 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego admits it's "difficult" to project Ladarius Green's targets in 2014.

Beat writer Michael Gehlken expects Green's snaps and usage to grow, but to what extent is the question. Malcom Floyd is back healthy opposite Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal returns at slot receiver, Antonio Gates remains an every-down tight end. The Bolts are also a philosophically run-first team. At least Green's ADP has stayed reasonable. He's usually there in the 10th and 11th rounds.
Aug 23 - 4:53 PM

Ladarius Green played on eight of Philip Rivers' nine snaps in Friday night's preseason game against the Seahawks.

For the second week in a row, Green's usage was really encouraging. He played just about every first-team snap even though Antonio Gates was active, lined up in the slot three times and was not asked to pass block at all. Green finished with two catches for 20 yards on two targets (both after Rivers left the game), but that's not the point. When the 6'6/240 freak with 4.4 wheels gets used on every down and as a receiver, good things are going to happen. Green brings tremendous upside at the top of the TE2 ranks.
Aug 16 - 1:18 PM

Ladarius Green caught two passes for 26 yards in Thursday night's preseason opener.

Along with most of the Chargers' first-teamers, Green played on just one possession. He made the most of it. Showing the freakish athletic ability we know he has, Green went high for a 20-yard catch from Philip Rivers on a broken play and also showed he can be a security blanket with a simple stop route over the middle. Antonio Gates didn't play in this one, but we're seeing a changing of the guard. Green brings serious upside as one of our favorite TE2s.
Aug 7 - 10:51 PM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams says Ladarius Green "appears to have taken another step in his development."

We'd expect nothing less from a 6'6/240 physical freak entering his age-24 season. Williams confirms Green "will be featured more in the offense," suggesting that he'll be freed to run more routes. Green played 59.7 percent of the Chargers’ offensive snaps over the final seven games last year, but stayed in to block 60.5 percent of the time. Although Antonio Gates will remain a part of the offense, Green has serious breakout appeal at the top of the TE2 ranks.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 9:48 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee expects Ladarius Green to "at least double" his 2013 receiving line of 17-367-3.

We might consider it a disappointment if Green only doubled last year's stats. Acee confirms "there are plays Green makes ... no one else on the roster can make." Ideally, Green would emerge as the Chargers' No. 2 passing-game option, behind Keenan Allen, and become a jump-ball dominator in the red zone.
Jun 22 - 5:02 PM

Ladarius Green is working as the Chargers' No. 1 tight end during minicamp while Antonio Gates attends to a "very personal" matter."

Gates is in no danger of being phased out of the offense, but it's an opportunity for Green to build chemistry with Philip Rivers, and impress a coaching staff that's yet to commit to Green as a featured passing-game component. Green reportedly "punctuated" a two-minute drill in Tuesday's practice with a 15-yard TD catch. 24-year-old Green offers a high level of 2014 breakout appeal.
Jun 19 - 9:48 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken pinpoints third-year TE Ladarius Green as a 2014 breakout candidate.

Asked to name a Chargers breakout player in a chat, Gehlken replied, "Ladarius Green is the first name on offense who comes to mind." Fantasy leaguers are well aware of Green's athletic upside; he now needs San Diego's coaching staff to make a weekly commitment to feeding him. Ideally, 24-year-old Green would become Philip Rivers' No. 2 passing-game option behind Keenan Allen.
Jun 6 - 12:38 AM

Ladarius Green's offseason trainer said his client's biggest strides came in movement going in and out of breaks.

Although Green's snap count rose sharply toward the end of last season and into the playoffs, he was often used as an in-line blocking complement to Antonio Gates. Improvement as a route-runner will convince the coaching staff that they need to unleash this freak in the passing game. At 6'6/240 with 4.5 speed, they realize the sky is limit as the 24-year-old continues to develop. Green's usage at camp will help tell us if he's going to be a boom or bust pick in fantasy drafts.
Jun 2 - 12:42 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco expressed a desire to infuse speed into the offense in 2014.

The Bolts need to get Ladarius Green onto the field more. The freakishly athletic tight end ran a 4.53 forty at the 2012 Combine and played just 450 offensive snaps this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Green was asked to block on 59.5 percent of those snaps. Antonio Gates may not be going anywhere this offseason, but the Chargers need to use more two-tight end sets like they did down the stretch. Green has some serious breakout appeal for 2014.
Jan 16 - 10:19 AM

Ladarius Green caught two passes for seven yards in the Chargers' Week 19 playoff loss to the Broncos.

Green secured a first-drive catch for five yards over the middle after lining up as a detached H-back. He caught a two-yard checkdown later in the first half. Green's lowlight was a brutal third-quarter drop on a crosser that could've gone for about 20 yards. Green's 2013 season was still hugely positive, as he showed legit run-blocking chops and basketball player-type receiving ability. Green turns 24 in May and is oozing Dynasty value. On the off chance San Diego severs ties with Antonio Gates (34, $5 million salary), Green could be a mammoth 2014 breakout candidate.
Jan 12 - 8:11 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
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