Ladarius Green TE SD 1 Month

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 1 Month

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 2 Months

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 2 Months

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 7 Months

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 7 Months

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.

Ladarius Green TE SD 7 Months

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

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Ladarius Green wasn't targeted in the Chargers' Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Green was on the field for a decent amount of snaps, but was largely called on to block as the Bolts went with a run-heavy game-plan. Green's upside is through the roof, but he's not getting a chance to showcase it with Eddie Royal (toe) back in the fold. Green is an elite hold in Dynasty leagues, but will be off the radar for the final week of the fantasy playoffs.

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Ladarius Green ran just five pass routes in Sunday's win over the Giants.

A week after playing on 91 percent of the snaps, Green played on just 42 percent of the snaps. Blame the return of Eddie Royal (40 snaps) and the Chargers' big lead. Green was used as a blocker, catching no passes on just one target -- strange usage for such a talented and athletic player. Green is a good bet to be more involved in the gameplan in Thursday's potential shootout with the Broncos, but fantasy owners can't comfortably use a player with a suddenly inconsistent role.

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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.