Tennessee Titans could surprise with selection at No. 11

The Tennessee Titans could go just about anywhere when they’re on the clock at No. 11 in the NFL Draft. They could pick a nose tackle, or a run-stuffing inside linebacker. What about help on the offensive line, or one of the highly-touted quarterbacks? Or head coach Ken Whisenhunt could bring in good ole’ No. 85. No, not Antonio Gates, but another prototype pass-catcher with...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

March Madness pick-up game: Who you got? Gates or Green?

Here’s a question that has stirred some debate amongst us here at cover32_SD. If you played in a pickup basketball game today, who would you pick first between Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green? I think it’s a no brainer with Gates having way more game and experience than Green, but the opposing argument points to Green’s height advantage and younger age as the deciding factor...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating The Broncos: Part IV: Tight Ends

Last week, we evaluated the Denver Broncos' wide receivers, in part III of this series. Today, we look at tight ends.Before 2013, there were only a handful of elite tight ends in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates; you could even throw Tony Gonzalez in there.But a new name appeared in the upper echelon of tight ends last season.Let's take a...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

National Rewind: DEs for the San Diego Chargers, uniform power rankings, more

In case you missed them, here are the best national columns from the cover32 universe this week to browse through while you watch your bracket go up in flames. National Columns - The top-10 defensive ends in the NFL draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Rating NFL team’s uniforms from 1-32. (READ) - The 10 most ridiculous mugshots in NFL history. (READ) - The 10 assistants most likely...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Three value free agents for S.D., Gates in March Madness, Ajirotutu re-signs

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to recap the second week of free agency. San Diego Chargers - Antonio Gates was a bracket buster back in the day. (READ) - Pat Sims, Miles Austin, Asante Samuel could help the Bolts. (READ) - The Missouri Tigers have some pieces that would fit in San Diego. (READ) - Does Telesco need to add another corner? (READ) Make sure...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

March Madness Memories: Antonio Gates rare basketball footage (MUST WATCH)

Most of us know Antonio Gates went from college basketball star to (arguably) the best tight end in NFL history, but his path to San Diego was far from straight and narrow. Gates committed to Michigan State to play football under a coach you may have heard of, Nick Saban. Under the impression he would get to play basketball for the Spartans, Gates went to East Lansing on a football...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Seahawks don’t need a star at tight end

One of the most dynamic changes to the offensive game plan in football has been the receiving tight end. Tight ends like Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates have become household names in while Eric Ebron of North Carolina and Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro are projected as guaranteed first rounders on multiple big boards of front offices and media sources alike. However, its...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Best Landing Spots For Eric Ebron

He is clearly the best tight end prospect in this Draft. Eric Ebron is so good, according to many scouts, he could be the best “receiver” to come out of this Draft five years from now.Currently, Ebron is using his skills to make sure he is a top-10 selection when the Draft is held in May. He has been compared to Vernon Davis in size, Jimmy Graham in athleticism and potentially...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mixture of Martellus Bennett and Antonio Gates small school TE James Oboh is one to watch

    Towson tight end James Oboh is one of the top smaller school prospects to pay close attention to for this upcoming NFL Draft. My coaches told me many times I'm probably the best run blocker on the team, said Oboh. Pretty impressive considering he is a vertical threat who excels in the passing game. I have good speed and I'm able to create mismatches with linebackers and safeties...
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Where are they now? Shannon Sharpe in stellar shape

Shannon Sharpe is a specimen. Of course, we all remember Sharpe as the toned tight end that would run his mouth and then back up the trash talking with touchdown catches and flexes. When he retired, Sharpe held all the numbers — most receptions, yards and touchdowns — for any tight end to ever play the game. Since, he’s been passed by in this pass-heavy NFL, but players like...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: How will the Chargers overcome cap issues?

In today’s mailbag we look at ways the Chargers could free up some cap space and allow Telesco to go to work once again in free agency. @cover32_SD what will the Chargers do with there lack of cap cash? — Rashad J Pouncey (@lightnbolt619) February 26, 2014 Obviously, the easiest way for any NFL team to resolve their cap issues is to start cutting players that may not be living...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The top 10 free agent tight ends: San Diego’s strong suit

Fortunately for San Diego, one position the Chargers do not need any help at is tight end. Not only is America’s Finest City home to one of the all-time greats in Antonio Gates, but heir apparent, Ladarius Green, looks like the next big thing at the position. Built in a similar fashion to the likes of Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas, the 6’6” 240 pound Louisiana-Lafayette product...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Chargers cap casualities could include big names

As the NFL season officially comes to an end, many fans and teams will begin to focus on the offseason. Usually for fans, this means wondering who each team is going to add in free agency or the draft. While there will be mock drafts and free agent predictions for weeks, some of the most important moves of the offseason could involve subtractions rather than additions. With the season...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Replacing Jason Michael a challenge for San Diego

Last week, Chargers tight end coach, Jason Michael, was hired by the Tennessee Titans and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt to become their offensive coordinator. It’s pretty clear that Whisenhunt thought a lot about Michael to give him such a drastic promotion. The emergence of Ladarius Green, as well as the continued solid play from Antonio Gates in the twilight of his career, is...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Chargers pursue a big name wide out in free agency?

Here is this week’s Chargers mailbag. Feel free to tweet questions to @cover32_SD or use the hashtag #BoltUp32 if you have something you want to ask. @cover32_SD Will the Chargers target Eric Decker in free agency and reunite him with McCoy? — John Tomczak (@Coach_JMT) January 15, 2014 That is a good question, John. With Keenan Allen breaking out, it would appear like adding...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bolts need to sign Butler, evaluate Gates and Cox

The Chargers 2013-2014 campaign has come to an end. It was an outstanding season that exceeded all expectations. The Chargers 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos was a tough, gritty performance that embodied the culture instilled by new head coach, Mike McCoy. The Chargers were making a late surge and if the game was just a few minutes longer, I think they would have been able to complete...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Close the Gates?

Antonio Gates committed two turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. His heir apparent, Ladarius Green, is on an unreal tear. Is it time to consider making Green the featured pass catcher and moving on without the 33-year-old Gates? Not so fast.
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Week 14 TE Rankings (Standard)

TE Rankings – Week 14 published on December 4th 1. Rob Gronkowski (NE) 2. Jimmy Graham (NO) 3. Vernon Davis (SF) 4. Jared Cook (STL) 5. Julius Thomas (DEN) 6. Greg Olsen (CAR) 7. Tony Gonzalez (ATL) 8. Jason Witten (DAL) 9. Jordan Reed (WAS) 10. Coby Fleener (IND) 11. Martellus Bennett (CHI) 12. Ladarius Green (SD) 13. Antonio Gates (SD) 14. Jordan...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Advanced Target Report Week 13 – Tight Ends

Here we are going to take a closer look at the target breakdown for the tight ends in week 13.  Sure, if you get 10+ targets in a game it’s a great thing, but what you do with those targets matters the most to us fantasy owners. Below I have a list of the TE’s who got 6+ targets this week . I gathered each players number of receptions and then divided it by the number of targets...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Chargers lose to the Bengals 17-10

    The Chargers lose a “must-win” against Cincinnati 17-10 and fall a game behind in the wild-card race. San Diego possessed the ball over thirty minutes but were only able to put up 10 points. Antonio Gates, a sure-fire hall of famer, cost the team today. He lost a fumble in the red zone and cost Rivers an interception after he allowed the ball...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Antonio Gates Is Active

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.Fantasy Spin:ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Gates is unsure of how much he'll be able to play through the injury. Ladarius Green has posted two straight 80-yard games and is a solid TE2 this week even with Gates active. Gates owners likely don't have better...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Week 13 Injury Updates: Antonio Gates, Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Gonzalez

Quarterbacks appear to be healthy for the most part entering today’s Week 13 action. The same can’t be said as it relates to the tight...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Chargers Antonio Gates dealing with 'tricky' hamstring injury

Antonio Gates missed five of 72 offensive snaps Sunday. The way his hamstring felt, it could have been more. The Chargers tight end was back on the field Friday, present at an all-important practice after missing the previous two days. He was a full participant and is listed as probable to face the Bengals on Sunday, but the hamstring ailment is not a small, sweep-under-the-rug...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Antonio Gates Expected To Play vs. Cincinnati

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) missed Thursday's practice, but returned to the field on Friday and is expected to play against Cincinnati on Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Coach Mike McCoy recently said that Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates can complete passes "with a blindfold," meaning Gates can play without practicing at all. The tight end has already surpassed...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Top 30 PPR tight ends for Week 13

Here are my top 30 tight ends for Week 13, citing Points Per Reception leagues. This countdown, for the most part, projects the greatest combination of catches, yards, touchdowns and targets, among tight ends, for the NFL's 13th weekend. Top 30 Tight Ends 1. Jimmy Graham @ Seattle 2. Jason Witten vs. Oakland 3. Rob Gronkowski @ Houston 4. Martellus Bennett @ Minnesota 5. Tony...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

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