A full offseason seems to be doing wonders for TE Antonio Gates.
Last month, the Chargers tight end said he was "excited" to prove he's still an elite player at his position after being slowed the past two seasons to a foot injury.
On Thursday, coach Norv Turner affirmed the All-Pro's progress.
"Gates looks great — he's back," Turner said. "Physically, he's back to where we want him to be. I think, like anybody, going through this offseason program helps you get better. (It's) the combination of conditioning, the combination of getting better in the areas you can improve, and being out there with your teammates."
'Tis the season for positivity, but nonetheless it's good to hear only positive news about Gates at this point in the offseason. His stock is slipping into the middle (5th/6th) rounds, and he'll be a great value there provided he can stay healthy.