Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:05pm
“Out with the old in with the new,” Cumberland wrote on social media. “Thanks for the 6 years the Jets organization gave me. Thanks to the Chargers organization for the opportunity to make a new home.”
In San Diego, he’ll be paired with eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates.
Veteran tight end Antonio Gates will not be leaving San Diego this year.
The 35-year-old Gates has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chargers, and now he’ll remain in San Diego. Although he’s not quite the player he once was, he’s still an important part of the Chargers’ offense. Last year Gates caught 56 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games.
Gates averaged 5.1 catches for 57 yards and 0.45 TD in 11 games, so he was scoring at solid TE1 pace when healthy. He appeared on the injury report for five weeks with knee and hip issues and ended up missing five games -- four due to suspension -- so he finished as the #11 TE in standard formats and #12 in PPR. If the Chargers don't re-sign Ladarius Green or find other significant help at tight end, then Gates will once again be a solid value in the later rounds. Potential owners should be sure to draft a backup or target a surprise TE early in the waiver wire process since it’s likely that Gates will miss some time due to injury as his body continues to break down.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. Green was a full participant last week which led to a probable tag, so this is a downgrade from last week. If he’s out, Antonio Gates should see a boost in snaps.
Antonio Gates is coming back for another season.
Oh, the most Gates will outright commit to is that he’s leaning that way. But everything he says indicates the tight end’s Hall of Fame induction will be delayed a year.
This revelation is perhaps a silver lining for a franchise slogging through 3-10 season.
“I don’t want to go out this kind of way,” Gates said Sunday night. “I don’t want to go out as a loser. Winning is the way, ideally, you want to go out. … I want to make one more run at it, and then if it doesn’t work, be like, ‘OK.’ That’s just my feeling right now.”
Officially, Gates said he will take a month or so after the season to critically assess his own desire and ability, as well as how the Chargers are moving forward.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hip, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 12. Notice that Gates is no longer listed with a knee injury. He should see plenty of targets against the Jaguars. The Chargers are likely to have trouble running the ball on the Jags.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, hip, probable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 11. Gates will be fine to play in Week 11, though according to beat writer Michael Gehlken, he’s dealing with a hip injury that has developed as he has attempted to compensate for his knee. His role will increase with Keenan Allen out for the year and Malcom Floyd out for Week 11.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gates should be fine to play in Week 11, though according to beat writer Michael Gehlken, he’s dealing with a hip injury that has developed as he has attempted to compensate for his knee. His role will increase with Keenan Allen out for the year and Malcom Floyd potentially out for Week 11.
Antonio Gates sprained his knee 30 days ago. A month later, he's still not up to full speed.
"Everybody can see it," Gates said Monday after the Chargers returned from six days off.
Gates has played in two of three games since he wrenched the knee Oct. 18 at Green Bay. The tight end made 10 catches over the two games, but looked less mobile than before the injury. Defenders banged him near the line of scrimmage because they didn't think he could run away. More able to tee him up, they dealt him hard hits after catches.
Gates said it's all about doing what he can to help, even if he feels like he's running in mud.
The 10 catches came in 16 targets and totaled 125 yards. In his two games before the injury, he had 18 catches in 27 targets for 187 yards with two touchdowns. Gates has still been pretty productive and will likely remain a TE1 option in our rankings, but owners may think about a replacement as long as they have a better, higher-rated option.
"I can feel it. I feel the sharp pains in cuts. I can’t explode. The fatigue in certain parts of my leg. I know it’s all from compensating from the knee.
“I’m just trying to fight through it and lead by example to show these guys what it’s like to be a pro in this league. This is what it takes to be successful. Sometimes, you have to fight through these situations when it’s not as comfortable as you’d like.”
The Chargers have a Week 10 bye, so we're expecting Gates to be close to full health with two weeks to heal. Gates hasn't been "explosive" for a couple of years now, but he looked slower than usual against Chicago.
C Hroniss Grasu (neck)
T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (concussion), LB Shea McClellin (knee), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), TE Zach Miller (shoulder)
G Orlando Franklin (knee), TE Ladarius Green (ankle)
DT Corey Liuget (foot), CB Patrick Robinson (concussion), S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (groin), S Eric Weddle (groin)
CB Brandon Flowers (knee), TE Antonio Gates (knee)
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. After playing through the injury last week, and practicing all week, we’re expecting him to play on Monday night, barring a setback.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8, though the questionable tag means he has a chance to play. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.
Antonio Gates is keeping himself in the dark.
He is unsure the exact nature of his knee injury. And he likes it that way.
The Chargers tight end said Monday that he's foregone MRI testing on his left MCL sprain, which he suffered two Sundays ago in Green Bay. He prefers an old-school approach, listening to his body to determine when he can return to the field. As the chance that his MCL could sideline him multiple weeks seems to grow, he may have an MRI as early as this week if the knee doesn't progress as hoped, he said.
"I'm playing it by ear," Gates said. "I'll see how it feels on Wednesday, Thursday. If I still can't go, then I'm going to try to look at it to see what the root of the problem is, what really is going on. Right now, it's a feel thing. I know my body. (The athletic trainers) trust me to make the right choice."
It's an odd approach. Typically teams insist on having all the information when making a decision about a player's availability. We'll keep an eye on Gates's status this week, but for now we're assuming he's out for Week 8. With Gates sidelined, Ladarius Green is a bona fide TE1. He has averaged 10.0 FP (standard) in four games in which he's played and Gates has not.
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