Ladarius Green Fantasy News
Ladarius Green will 'explode,' has 'true Pro Bowl potential'
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:17pm
NFL.com's Gil Brandt on Chargers TE Ladarius Green: "The 24-year-old is very, very athletic, a long-striding guy who seems to gain about 5 yards with every step he takes (see: his yards-per-catch mark of 22.1 in 2013). Considering his upward trajectory and Philip Rivers' history of success with the more famous of San Diego's dynamic tight ends -- Antonio Gates -- I expect Green to explode in 2014. He has true Pro Bowl potential."
Green has a ton of upside, but owners drafting him as their TE1 may be in for a rude awakening if he doesn't get much playing time. Green only played 33% of the snaps in 2013, and only broke the 50% mark twice all season (though both happened in the final five games). Green's breakout potential relies on his playing time.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014, 4:33pm
Rivers seemed to pick up where he left off last season. Few balls hit the ground during two-minute drills, as Ladarius Green, Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal made catches all over the field.
Add to that a diverse group of running backs in Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown playing behind an experienced offensive line, and the Chargers should have one of the best offenses in the NFL for a second straight season.
“I think they did a nice job,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. “For a majority of the guys it’s their second year in the system, so that’s going to come with time. The more you’re in a system, the more comfortable you are. And if you have a quarterback like Philip Rivers, good things are going to happen.
Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:44am
Tight end Antonio Gates, who has led the Chargers in receptions eight of the past 10 seasons, was absent all offseason tending to a serious family issue. In his absence, Ladarius Green was given enhanced preparation for his third NFL season, which is expected to see him get the ball more than ever. There are plays Green makes, with his height, hands and speed, no one else on the roster can make. That’s not to say we didn’t see him running Gates’ routes a few times and not making plays Gates would have made. They’re different players, and Green should not have the pressure of a comparison. But, especially as he should increasingly be on the field at the same time as Gates, look for this kid to at least double last year’s 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
Green has tremendous upside as a player, but his fantasy upside is capped in the short term by the presence of Gates. Green won't see starter's snaps in 2014 as long as Gates is healthy.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:56pm
Bucky Brooks believes Green is ready to outproduce Antonio Gates as long as OC Frank Reich uses more two-tight end sets this season. The Bolts need Green's speed and playmaking ability down the seam to complement Keenan Allen on the outside.
This sounds good, but there's no guarantee that the team will run more two-TE sets. This sounds more like conjecture than a solid prediction at this point. Stay tuned.
Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:11pm
Chargers TE Ladarius Green knows the areas in which he must improve. Blocking is an important one. He trained this offseason in North Miami Beach with Pete Bommarito of Bommarito Performance Systems. Some of Green's biggest strides, Bommarito said, came in his movement in and out of breaks. But Green also took to the mixed martial arts training that focused on hand usage and leverage, two skills that can translate onto the football field under new tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars.
Green played 33% of snaps on the season, but played 40%+ in the final six games, indicating that the team likes what he brings to the table. He's still playing behind Antonio Gates, so it's surprising to see him going ahead of Gates in early fantasy drafts. He does have upside, but it's hard to see him posting TE1 numbers without an injury to Gates.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:16pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:56pm
Royal may not be a fantasy starter, but his return last week seemed to affect TE Ladarius Green's play. Green saw just one target with Royal back in the lineup after playing 92% of the snaps in Week 13.
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 4:16pm
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:13pm
Antonio Gates missed five of 72 offensive snaps Sunday.
The way his hamstring felt, it could have been more.
The Chargers tight end was back on the field Friday, present at an all-important practice after missing the previous two days. He was a full participant and is listed as probable to face the Bengals on Sunday, but the hamstring ailment is not a small, sweep-under-the-rug matter.
Hamstring injuries never are.
"It's tricky," Gates said Friday. "It's different. It's one of those injuries where you can't fully grasp whether or not you can do something because it's all running. Everything is based off running and power and holding off people on blocks, and the hamstring is a big part of that. Without the lower body, you couldn't play in this league. I'll see how it goes. I'm going to attack this rehab. I've got two more days. That's the best part about it.
Gates said if he had to play Friday, he wasn't sure he would have been able to go. But a couple more days will definitely help Gates leading up to Sunday's game. If he can't go, emerging star Ladarius Green would likely get a major bump up our TE rankings.
Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:34pm
At 6-6, 240-pounds, he’s quickly making his presence felt with big play after big play. After appearing in only four games as a rookie, Green is blossoming before the Bolts very eyes. In 10 games this year, he has caught 11 balls for 229 yards, averaging a gaudy 20.8 yards per catch. His best game came Sunday against the Dolphins with an impressive four reception, 81-yard effort. Both were career highs for the Louisiana-Lafayette product.
Over the course of the season, Philip Rivers has learned that when he gives number 89 a chance to make a play, he’ll usually be rewarded.
“It was just some of the way those plays came up,” Rivers said. “We know what he’s capable of and he’s going to continue to have a role for us in the passing game and in the running game. He was big for us with a couple of big catches.”
Sunday, December 30, 2012, 3:13pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2:43pm
Robert Meachem & Eddie Royal OUT for Chargers
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:16pm
Malcolm Floyd ACTIVE for Monday Night Football
Monday, October 15, 2012, 7:06pm