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Position
TE
 
Jersey
85
Name  Antonio Gates
Born  6/18/1980
Height  6-4
Weight  260
College  Kent State
12/4/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) practiced Wednesday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Gates is ahead of last week's schedule, when he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before playing in Week 13 against the Bengals. He's been targeted 18 times the last two games but caught just eight of them for 62 yards. Philip Rivers has had a better connection lately with backup tight end Ladarius Green, hitting him nine times for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 16 targets the last three games.
 
12/1/2013 3:10:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Insight: 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 options available at this time so they have to roll with him.
 
11/30/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: San Diego tight end Antonio Gates admitted that his hamstring injury is "tricky." SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: It sounds like he might be on a snap count Sunday versus Cincinnati. The veteran hasn't topped 100 yards in a game since Week 4.
 
11/29/2013 2:53:00 PM
Description: 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.
Insight: 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 last years reception and tardage total.
 
11/28/2013 3:04:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) missed Thursday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Insight: Gates hasn't practiced all week, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals. 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. If he has to miss the game, however, Ladarius Green would be a TE1. Green has produced seven catches for 161 yards and a touchdown over the last two games.
 
11/27/2013 3:28:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates wasn't on the practice field on Wednesday.
Insight: Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests it could have just been a rest day. Gates caught only three of his nine targets in Week 12 against the Chiefs.
 
9/15/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates hauled in eight balls for 124 yards Sunday against the Eagles.
Insight: Gates is no longer the feared weapon he used to be -- this was his first 100-yard game since Week 17 of 2011 -- but he's still a TE1.
 
12/9/2012 12:22:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates will likely spend much of the day helping out his offensive line which will be missing three starters.
Insight: Gates may get to go out for passes a few times, but he's not likely to see his normal workload. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
 
11/1/2012 11:27:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was rendered ineffective Sunday versus the Browns but he came out and caught a touchdown as part of a three-catch, 43-yard game Thursday against the Chiefs.
Insight: All three of Gates' touchdowns this season have come in the last three games.
 
10/15/2012 11:49:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had his best game of the season Monday night against the Broncos, catching six balls for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Gates grabbed both of Philip Rivers touchdown passes in the first half but couldn't do much in the second half as San Diego blew a 24-0 lead and lost to Denver, 35-24.
 
9/23/2012 3:42:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is active for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.
Insight: Gates reeled in four catches for 43 yards in Week 1 before a rib injury sidelined him for Week 2's win against Tennessee. Dante Rosario's fantasy value should take a big hit now that Gates is healthy again.
 
9/20/2012 5:49:00 PM
Description: San Diego tight end Antonio Gates (ribs) practiced Thursday for the second straight day, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Insight: Gates was a surprise inactive late Sunday afternoon, leaving many fantasy owners without another tight end option, so it's difficult to trust his availability for Week 3. Gates owners should add Dante Rosario (3 TDs in Week 2) so they at least have someone to play if Gates is ruled out again prior to San Diego's 4:15 p.m. ET tilt with Atlanta.
 
9/16/2012 3:03:00 PM
Description: San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is inactive for Sunday's game against Tennessee.
Insight: This one is a shocker. Gates was listed as questionable with a rib injury but we thought he'd be able to tough this one out. Get him out of your starting lineup ASAP.
 
9/13/2012 6:05:00 PM
Description: According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (ribs) did not practice Thursday.
Insight: Gates was expected to return Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice, so this clouds his availability for Week 2.
 
9/12/2012 6:28:00 PM
Description: According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (ribs) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Gates caught four passes for 43 yards in the team's opener Monday night, but he injured his ribs during the game. That's disappointing news to those who were expecting an injury-free season from the oft-injured tight end. Gates should be fine Sunday but we'd prefer him not to have to play with any limitations.
 
6/22/2012 11:53:00 AM
Description: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Antonio Gates had his best minicamp since the coach arrived in 2007.
Insight: With Gates, its all about health, particularly his multiple foot problems. With Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham getting all the attention, you might be able to steal Gates a little later than in past seasons.
 
5/17/2012 7:08:00 PM
Description: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Antonio Gates is back to where the team wants him to be physically. Gates suffered from plantar fasciitis last season and missed three games.
Insight: For several years, there was no change at the top of the tight end position -- it was Gates, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark, in some order. Last season, a new wave of athletic tight ends took over, as Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski put up prolific numbers. Because of that, owners may be able to snag Gates later in drafts and get elite value in return if the Chargers TE is fully healthy.
 
5/2/2012 12:53:00 PM
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates told the San Diego Union Tribune that he's "almost 100-percent."
Insight: Gates has been slowed the past few years by multiple foot injuries and it shows in his numbers. A return to form would mean around 75 receptions for 972 yards and 9.5 scores versus the 57 catches for 780 yards and 8.5 scores he's averaged over the past two seasons.
 
11/9/2011 8:28:00 PM
Description: Antonio Gates (foot) has participated in a full week of practice this week for the first time since Week 6 of 2010. Source: Michael Ghelken
Insight: He hasn't been as quick as he's been in season's past, but attribute it to the foot but seeing him practice is a great sign that he's going through any setbacks. He's still the top TE in fantasy football.
 
10/28/2011 10:34:00 PM
Description: Antonio Gates (foot) was held out of Chargers practice Friday. Source: Michael Ghelkin via Twitter
Insight: This all just part of the schedule for Gates and his practice routine. He'll be ready for Monday night against the Chiefs and should be considered a top 3 TE this week.
 

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