Christmas in July: 12 Days of Fantasy Football - Day 8

DAY 8:8 ENDS TO PAY DIRT 8 TEs who will catch 8+ touchdownsOf the top 24 tight ends in 2013 they each averaged 6 touchdowns. Only 5 (one being the retired Tony Gonzalez) caught 8+ touchdowns which was the most since 2009 when 6 tight ends went over the 8 touchdown mark and it was only the 3rd time since 2000 that 5+ tight ends scored 8+ touchdowns in a single year (2012 was the...
Via Football Nation
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Condolences to Antonio Gates and his family following sister’s passing

In, quite frankly, a few days which will make you question the integrity of the NFL, it’s important to remember what is really important. Antonio Gates’ sister, Pamela, passed away Wednesday night at the age of 22 following a long battle with lupus. Gates has been a model citizen in San Diego and exemplifies the hardworking attitude that makes NFL players, something to admire...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Gates re-joins team

This offseason was both difficult and deeply personal for Antonio Gates. While the trying period isn't over, he is now back with the team. The Chargers tight end reported to training camp Wednesday. Excused from spring workouts in light of family circumstances, he'll have the chance to discuss the situation to whatever degree he is comfortable — including, of course,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chargers sign RB Danny Woodhead to two-year extension

The San Diego Chargers and running back Danny Woodhead have agreed on a two-year contract extension. “Danny is an integral part of our offense,” said general manager Tom Telesco. “His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.” Financial terms haven’t been disclosed...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Projected Chargers Offensive Starters

The 2013 Chargers saw some great success among the very talented AFC West division. They looked to up and comers, some veterans and a few resurgent players to thrive late in the season. The roster shouldn’t change too much, given the team’s play. However, change is inevitable, and there are some possibilities that are intriguing, but it seems as though repetition might be the...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Training Camp Preview: The Bolts may have the best tight end duo in the NFL

When it comes to the tight end position, the San Diego Chargers have had little worries in the past decade. Antonio Gates has brought stability to the position in America’s Finest City since 2003 during an impressive run that includes eight Pro Bowls. Gates should pass Lance Alworth as the Chargers’ franchise career receiving leader sometime in 2014, and last year, showed he...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ladarius Green’s “breakout” season may not require gaudy fantasy numbers

Read just about any fantasy football website around this time of year and they’ll be talking about breakout candidates. This year, one of their favorites to break out is San Diego Chargers tight end, Ladarius Green. Green will be just 24 years old this season playing behind an aging veteran in Antonio Gates, and showed flashes of big play ability last season, all things that could...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Philip Rivers Repeat 2013 Success?

If I was writing about Philip Rivers this time last year, I would have been seriously worried about the immediate future of the San Diego quarterback. This year it’s a different story, put together a combination of a new philosophy from rookie HC Mike McCoy and an offensive line that can keep Rivers upright lead the Chargers back to the playoffs in 2013. 4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns...
Via Pro Football Spot
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alshon Jeffery Ranked For His Hands

Posted to Chicago BearsBucky Brooks from released his list of the top 10 hands in the NFL, and Alshon Jeffery made the cut. Not only that, but he ranked #3 on the list. Here’s the top 10: 1. Larry Fitzgerald 2. AJ Green 3. Alshon Jeffery 4. Julio Jones 5. Jimmy Graham 6. Jordy Nelson 7. Jordan Cameron 8. Dez Bryant 9. Antonio Gates 10. Keenan Allen Brandon Marshall obviously...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Preview: Tight EndsBy Chris SchadThere are few places than a tight end would rather be than in Norv Turner’s offense. The new offensive coordinator has been a maverick in the National Football with his tendency to get the tight end involved in the passing game. While most fans can casually recite that Turner got career seasons out of Antonio Gates...
Via Pro Football Spot
18 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: When To Pull The Trigger On Jimmy Graham

Quarterbacks and running backs should be the priority early in the first round, but Jimmy Graham should be the first receiver on your board.  Last year you could have landed a 1,200 yard receiver with one of thirteen players.  Jimmy Graham was the only tight end to get 1,200 yards and the next guy isn't even close, Jordan Cameron was second with 917 yards amongst tight ends...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Flowers agrees to one-year deal with Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have reached agreement on a one-year deal with former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers, reports FOX Sports Mike Garafolo. Flowers was released by the Chiefs on June 13. Flowers, a six-year starter, had his worst season in 2013 despite making the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. In six seasons with the Chiefs, Flowers amassed 374...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Tennessee Titans one of top-25 most likable franchises in NFL

In recent days, soccer fans have been coming out of the woodwork, showing their allegiance to “the world’s game” as World Cup fever starts to reach a fever pitch. Jumping on the bandwagon of Team USA makes sense; national pride will get sports fans to tune into almost anything. But the conversations have also revealed that plenty of people in the United States have become fans...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Quotable Monday: Ken Whisenhunt compares Delanie Walker to Antonio Gates

After seven years in the NFL, Delanie Walker exploded as a serious threat from the tight end position with the Tennessee Titans. Despite alternating between Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Walker was a solid option in the passing game and provided veteran leadership with the young receiving core. Nate Davis from the USA Today discussed the Titans options throughout the roster and...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The five best individual offensive performances by the Chargers in 2013

A season ago, the San Diego Chargers miraculously made the postseason for the first time in four seasons. A lot of their success a year ago had to do with the play of the offense. Under the direction of Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt, who is now the head coach for the Tennessee Titans, the Bolts offense electrified most of the league with their Pro Bowl quarterback and dossier of...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Rudolph has the ingredients to be a top tight end

As we watch Tony Gonzalez ride off into the sunset, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates inch closer to hanging up their guns and Rob Gronkowski continue to struggle with injuries, you can’t help but feel that there may be a changing of the guard among the elite tight ends. In today’s NFL, the top tight ends are receivers more than anything else. The ‘move’ or ‘joker’ tight...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking down how the Chargers will improve in the red zone during 2014

One key point of emphasis early on the for the San Diego Chargers in 2014 has been improvement in the red zone. While the Chargers were the fifth best offense in the league in terms of total yards, the team was only the 12th best scoring offense. Additionally, the offense ranked 23rd in red zone touchdown percentage at 51.52 percent. The team found the endzone only about half the...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: When To Draft Jimmy Graham

*The following fantasy football article is based on PPR -- point per reception -- scoring, as will all my article be, for I am The PPR Monster!*Jimmy Graham is a monster. A 6'7" 260lb behemoth who has the size and strength of a tight end, but the hands and break away speed of a wide receiver. His dispute over wether he should be paid as a wide receiver or not is a different...
Via Football Nation
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five quick hits: Update from San Diego OTAs

With the overemphasis on every event in the sensationalized NFL season, OTAs are now becoming a bigger story than ever. NFL media and fans have gone as far as criticizing Johnny Manziel for throwing incompletions at OTAs. It’s rather remarkable a rookie throwing poorly in his first practices, something that has happened throughout NFL history, is such a story. However, relevance...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Clary a no-show at first OTA, could give advantage to rookie Watt

It’s OTA season around the NFL, and the usual hubbub about who goes and who abstains is running amok across the country. That chatter is no different in the heart of San Diego either, as some significant names were absent from the first day of organized team activities. Antonio Gates and Dwight Freeney led this topic of discussion, but as we have come to know around the league...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates named top-10 in the NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bemidji State hoopster turns down NFL (for now)

As Zach Noreen stood in the student section at Chet Anderson Stadium, the glistening water of Lake Bemidji visible through the surrounding trees, the sensation would start pricking him again. It could've been him out on that patch of grass. The Bemidji State basketball player couldn't help but recall his last catch as a high school star, a touchdown in a section final loss...
Via Fox Sports North
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 in 2014: The best tight ends in the NFL today

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chargers WR Floyd cleared for contact

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd says he's been cleared for contact after missing most of last season following a scary neck injury. Floyd participated in the first day of the Chargers' organized team activities Tuesday. In his words, "It's good to be back out there. I'm cleaned for contact. I'm cleared for everything." While many...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Floyd’s return gives the Chargers unmatched depth on offense

All signs point to wide receiver Malcom Floyd playing for the San Diego Chargers in 2014. Floyd injured his neck after a hit in the Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and was placed on injured reserve shortly after. Floyd has been with the Chargers for the past nine seasons, most of which he has been extremely efficient. If healthy, Floyd will likely play an important role...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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