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Green caught both of the two passes which were thrown his way for two yards in Monday night's loss at Arizona.

Green is sure to have some good games this season as the Bolts plan to use him more, but Antonio Gates is clearly still the top dog according to his team-leading 10 targets. Green is a high risk play in any given week, but if the game looks to be low-scoring or tight, as this one was, expect the Chargers to lean first and foremost on Gates.

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Green caught one pass for five yards on three targets in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.

The reception and two of the targets came in the second half, but Green has seen plenty of work with the first-team offense this preseason. Though Green was outperformed by Antonio Gates on Sunday, there should be room for both to succeed in the San Diego offense. Gates is still locked in as a near every-down player at tight end, while Green figures to see playing time in a variety of roles.

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Green caught both of his targets for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys

Philip Rivers was on the other end of both receptions, as Green was a big part of the first-team offense. Yes, Antonio Gates is still around, but Green is capable of lining up all over the formation, and the Chargers lack talent at wide receiver behind Keenan Allen.

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The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee expects Ladarius Green to "at least double" his 2013 receiving line of 17-367-3.

We might consider it a disappointment if Green only doubled last year's stats. Acee confirms "there are plays Green makes ... no one else on the roster can make." Ideally, Green would emerge as the Chargers' No. 2 passing-game option, behind Keenan Allen, and become a jump-ball dominator in the red zone.

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Ladarius Green is working as the Chargers' No. 1 tight end during minicamp while Antonio Gates attends to a "very personal" matter."

Gates won't be phased out of the offense, but it's a good opportunity for Green to build chemistry with Philip Rivers, and impress a coaching staff that's yet to commit to Green as a featured component of its passing attack. Green reportedly "punctuated" a two-minute drill in Tuesday's practice with a 15-yard TD catch. 24-year-old Green offers a high level of 2014 breakout appeal.

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The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken pinpoints third-year TE Ladarius Green as a 2014 breakout candidate.

Asked to name a Chargers breakout player in a chat, Gehlken replied, "Ladarius Green is the first name on offense who comes to mind." Fantasy leaguers are well aware of Green's athletic upside; he now needs San Diego's coaching staff to make a weekly commitment to feeding him. Ideally, 24-year-old Green would become Philip Rivers' No. 2 passing-game option behind Keenan Allen.

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Ladarius Green's offseason trainer said his client's biggest strides came in movement going in and out of breaks.

Although Green's snap count rose sharply toward the end of last season and into the playoffs, he was often used as an in-line blocking complement to Antonio Gates. Improvement as a route-runner will convince the coaching staff that they need to unleash this freak in the passing game. At 6'6/240 with 4.5 speed, they realize the sky is limit as this 24-year-old continues to develop. Green's usage at camp will help tell us if he's going to be a boom or bust pick in fantasy drafts.

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco expressed a desire to infuse speed into the offense in 2014.

The Bolts need to get Ladarius Green onto the field more. The freakishly athletic tight end ran a 4.53 forty at the 2012 Combine and played just 450 offensive snaps this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Green was asked to block on 59.5 percent of those snaps. Antonio Gates may not be going anywhere this offseason, but the Chargers need to use more two-tight end sets like they did down the stretch. Green has some serious breakout appeal for 2014.

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Ladarius Green caught three balls for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Wild Card round win over Cincinnati.

Green's first reception went for 22 on a deep crossing route on San Diego's second drive. Green picked up another critical first down in the third quarter, getting open over the middle for a gain of eight. Putting San Diego up 14-10 later in the third, Green out-leaped Bengals DB Chris Crocker for a four-yard touchdown on a fade from Philip Rivers. Freaklishly athletic Green will continue to be an X-factor in the Divisional Round. Dynasty owners should be licking their chops.

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Ladarius Green hasn't seen a single target in three straight games.