Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
5 months ago

The Chargers have agreed to terms on a deal to retain the services of Gates, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gates, who turns 36 in June, will thus return for a 14th season with the Chargers, after catching 56 passes for 630 yards and five TDs in 11 games in 2015. Meanwhile, it's unclear if fellow tight end Ladarius Green will return to the team, but in any case, when healthy, Gates remains an integral part of the team's passing offense and on the fantasy radar.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
5 months ago

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said he wants Gates to stick around in San Diego and eventually retire with the team, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gates and Ladarius Green are both set to become unrestricted free agents, and while the latter seems likely to find a new home, it's pretty clear that the Chargers want to re-sign their future Hall of Famer. When healthy, Gates was easily the more productive player last season, posting a 56-630-5 receiving line in 11 games. There is some chance the team brings both tight ends back, as Gates has often handled limited snap counts when banged up the past few seasons.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
7 months ago

Gates secured three of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

The 13-year veteran closed out the season on a positive note, recording his first touchdown reception since Week 12 versus the Jaguars. After a fast start to a season that began in Week 5 due to his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Gates dealt with hip and knee injuries that appeared to slow down his 35-year-old body for a stretch of time. He rebounded nicely with 76-and-88-yard receiving efforts in Weeks 14 and 15, respectively, before finishing out the campaign in relatively quiet fashion. Over the final two contests, Gates secured five of seven targets for 45 yards, along with his aforementioned Week 17 touchdown. Despite the late-season downturn, the former Pro Bowler appeared to show enough at various points in the season to indicate that he can still serve as a borderline-No.1 tight end, or as the savvy veteran component of a two-tight end system. Whether his playing opportunity will come with the Chargers in 2016 is currently very much in the air, as Gates heads into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
7 months ago2 Comments

Gates had just two catches on two targets for 11 yards in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss in Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Dontrelle Inman, Danny Woodhead, and Malcom Floyd led the team in targets Thursday, and fellow tight end Ladarius Green even outpaced Gates with six targets. The Chargers will have a long break before the season finale next Sunday in Denver, so hopefully the veteran tight end can use that time to recharge and finish the season strong.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
7 months ago

Gates secured six of nine targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran tight end came through on what could have well been the final home game for the Chargers in San Diego, posting his highest yardage total since tallying 95 against the Packers in Week 6. Gates also notched six receptions for the third straight week, and his 14.7 yards per catch represented his highest total in that category in 2015. The 13-year veteran figures to continue as Philip Rivers' top target over the final two games of the season.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
7 months ago

Gates caught six passes on eight targets for 76 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Gates led the team in catches and yards, though that didn't say much on a day when quarterback Philip Rivers threw more incompletions than completions. Gates has scored in just two games this season (though he's missed five), and he'll look to get back in the end zone in Week 15 against the Dolphins.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
8 months ago2 Comments

Gates caught six of nine targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Philip Rivers once again struggled to generate much offense, so Gates actually led the Chargers in receiving by a wide margin Sunday. He's scored multiple touchdowns in two separate games this season, but has been held out of the end zone in his other five contests. In any case, Gates will continue to see plenty of looks from Rivers, but the veteran TE's upside is probably capped, given the state of San Diego's offense.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
8 months ago

Gates caught four of his six targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-25 win over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

Gates recorded the 21st multi-touchdown effort of his illustrious career, and now has four scores in 2015. He has clearly lost a step at age 35, but the veteran tight end has still topped four catches and 50 yards in all but one of the contests for which he's suited up this season. The oft-injured Gates is still a fantasy asset as long as he can stay on the field.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
8 months ago

Gates (hip) is active for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Gates will be looking to bounce back from a poor performance in Week 11 versus the Chiefs.

Antonio Gates
TE SD (11)
8 months ago

Gates (hip) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Gates was listed as questionable last week, and while he ended up playing against the Chiefs, he was largely limited to obvious passing situations. He then logged full practices both Thursday and Friday, so it won't be surprising if he's now ready for something close to an every-down role. The Jaguars have struggled badly against the pass all season.