Ladarius Green TE SD 3 Days
Ladarius Green played on 61-of-67 snaps (91.0 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
In-line option Antonio Gates played on 62 snaps, creating a two-tight end base formation. "That's a package we're building," Gates said. "It'll be good for us to help us win football games." Green is the 6'6/238 athletic freak with 4.4 wheels that is now averaging an absurd 22.1 yards per catch on the season and has two touchdowns on 11 targets in his last two games. The Chargers coaches have clearly identified him as a player that needs to be featured in the passing game and will be rewarded for it. Green will be a borderline TE1 against the Giants even if Eddie Royal (chest, toe) returns.
Ladarius Green TE SD 4 Days
Ladarius Green caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's Week 13 loss to the Bengals.
Although the catches and yards were down from Green's impressive Weeks 11-12, he actually drew a season-high six targets. His score came on play action in the second quarter, where he went untouched 30 yards to the house, looking like a wide receiver in the process. The Bolts are wisely putting Green's play-making skills to more use of late, but his role still isn't big enough that he can be trusted for the fantasy playoffs. Green will be a candidate to take a major step forward in 2014.
Ladarius Green TE SD 11 Days
Ladarius Green caught three passes for 80 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's wild 41-38 Week 12 win at Kansas City.
Green is a complete freak that has spent much of the season buried behind Antonio Gates. But the Chargers are finally starting to unchain his 4.4 wheels at 6'6/238 in a variety of ways, leading to big-time production. His final numbers in this one should have been even bigger as he had a 35-yard catch called back by an incorrect ineligible receiver penalty. Over the last two weeks, Green has totaled seven catches for 161 yards with a touchdown and is now averaging an absurd 22.0 yards per reception on the season. He'll be a boom-or-bust fantasy option going forward, but only because of his limited snaps. If/when Gates is out of the picture, Green will be the next big thing at fantasy tight end.
Ladarius Green TE SD 18 Days
Ladarius Green caught four passes for 81 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Miami.
Green is a freakishly talented tight end that deserves far more playing time than he's received so far. Finally, the Chargers coaches realized it. Green has 4.4 wheels at 6'6/238 and showed them Sunday as he consistently ran away from Miami defenders on crossing routes. The second-year man now has 11 catches for 229 yards this season, a ridiculous 20.8 YPC mark. He's an asset to hold on deep re-draft benches and must be owned in Dynasty.
Ladarius Green TE SD 25 Days
Ladarius Green is averaging 21.1 yards per catch on his seven grabs this season.
The massive YPC is the sign of a playmaker. Green, a fourth-round pick in 2012, sees extremely limited playing time behind Antonio Gates. But when on the field, the 6'6/238 freak with 4.4 wheels opens eyes. Green is a must hold in Dynasty as Gates will turn 34 years old in June.
Ladarius Green TE SD 4 Months
Chargers second-year TE Ladarius Green has seven receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns through two preseason games.
Green recently drew praise from coach Mike McCoy for his blocking, and could become a bigger weapon in San Diego's offense if McCoy and OC Ken Whisenhunt commit to two-tight end sets. It's an increasing possibility due to all of San Diego's wide receiver injuries. Green won't have fantasy value behind Antonio Gates, but he's shown enough to be an option if 33-year-old Gates went down.
Ladarius Green TE SD 4 Months
Chargers coach Mike McCoy says TE Ladarius Green has "improved his blocking," and "done a nice job of just getting into the flow of the game."
Invisible as a rookie, Green caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in San Diego's preseason opener. "He's a young football player with a good future in front of him and it's just a matter of buying in and learning the system," McCoy said. "He's getting better every day." Green has a fourth-round pedigree, but needs to show something this season if he's to remain Antonio Gates' heir apparent.
Ladarius Green TE SD Jul 25 '12
Chargers rookie TE Ladarius Green bulked up to 241 pounds before training camp after weighing in at 238 at the Combine.
Green, who stands 6-foot-6, struggles to keep weight on because he's naturally lean. The team wants him heavier so he can block. "(I) eat everything I can," he said. "Mostly pastas, steak, potatoes, vegetables, mostly healthy, but I gotta go out sometimes. Burger King, something like that. I snuck one in."
Ladarius Green TE SD May 12 '12
The Chargers hope 6-foot-6, 235 pound fourth-round pick TE Ladarius Green can gain at least 10 pounds.
"They're telling me to bulk up a little bit," Green said. "Get around the mid 240s to high 240s." Green boasts an intriguing size/speed (4.53 Combine 40) combo, but is extremely raw coming out of small-school Louisiana-Lafayette. Green will need Antonio Gates to miss time to surface on the redraft-league radar.
Ladarius Green TE SD May 10 '12
Chargers agreed to terms with fourth-round TE Ladarius Green on a four-year contract.
Green looks like a silky smooth NBA small forward at 6-foot-6, 238, and he can run a sub-4.5 forty-yard dash. With soft hands and a large catch radius, the Chargers are hoping he develops into Antonio Gates' heir apparent. He'd likely need a Gates and/or Randy McMichael injury to matter in 2012 fantasy leagues.