Chargers enter the new season with depth and talent at the Tight End position. Returning at the position is veterans Antonio Gates and Randy McMichael, who have proven to be a big success in the middle and in blocking situations. Chargers also added Dante Rosario (free agency) and Ladarius Green. In a league where having one or even two pass catching Tight Ends is almost a prerequisite for a successful season. The depth and talent is a very good sign early on for the Chargers.
Antonio Gates has been both a blessing and a curse to the Chargers. When he is healthy and playing, he is the best Tight End in the NFL and possibly to ever play the game. He is a complete game changer. Unfortunately, Gates has battled ankle and knee injuries that has hurt the playing time and ability to perform at the level fans know he can.
Gates heads into training camp at 100%. Which is more than he could have said in the past years. Coach Norv Turner claimed that this was "The best offseason I've seen (Antonio Gates) have since I've started coaching him."
Great news for the Chargers. Gates contributed 64 receptions (first in team) for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns (second in team)
Randy McMichael also returns to the Chargers in his 11th NFL season. McMichael contributing 30 receptions for 271 yards.
With Gates and McMichael entering their 10th and 11th seasons in the league. the Chargers made it a goal, to become younger within the position.
They first looked to free agency by signing Dante Rosario. A six-year veteran, Rosario has been taking snaps with the number one offense and has been raved about throughout OTA's and mini-camp. His number will be called many times throughout the season.
More of an interesting prospect maybe Ladarius Green, aquirred in the 4th round of the draft. Hailing from Louisiana-Lafayette. Green had streaks of greatness in college. Making very athletic plays and being a force in the middle. Unfortunately, he went to a smaller school and was fairly inconsistent.
With good coaching, Green can be a very good Tight End in the league. He has a large 6-6 frame that can get vertical very fast. Look for Green to come in and makes some plays for the Chargers later in the game.
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