Ladarius Green Fantasy News

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Gates will likely play heavy snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) is sidelined. Gates has only played 65% of the snaps this season, so there’s upside here.

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Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 4. Green apparently injured himself this week and the missed practice on Friday is not a good sign. If he can’t play, Antonio Gates would likely see heavy snaps. (He has only played 65% of the snaps this season.) Green’s absence could also help Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd, who may see more playing time in three-WR sets.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers TE Antonio Gates proved against Seattle that if you single-cover him with a linebacker or a safety, he can still win, particularly in the red zone. Gates finished with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Super Bowl champs, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was doubled most of the time the following week against Buffalo, finishing with just one catch for 8 yards. But with Buffalo choosing to take away Gates, the Chargers used him as a decoy to free up slot receiver Eddie Royal and emerging talented tight end Ladarius Green.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Gates could play major snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring) can’t play.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. This is a new injury for Green, and midweek downgrades are never good. If he can’t play, Antonio Gates would likely see heavy snaps. Green’s absence could also help Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd, who may see more playing time in three-WR sets.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 3. Allen should play against the Bills. Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal would get a bump if Allen can’t go, and the team would presumably want to get Ladarius Green on the field more in 12 personnel. The Chargers play in the early round of games.

Gates: Ladarius Green is 'a big part of what we do'

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:36am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers TE Ladarius Green went from 39 offensive snaps in 2012 to 450 in 2013. The plan is for that number to rise again in 2014.

New tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars helped mentor Green in blocking this offseason. The 6-foot-7 coach made a 16-year career from specializing in the area. His work with Green, a willing but imperfect blocker with a thin frame, should help keep the 24-year-old on the field. His route running, though, seems most improved from last season. Green is moving better in and out of his breaks.

Last year, Antonio Gates played 1,083 snaps on offense. The disparity between him and Green likely will narrow this season, helping keep Gates fresh.

Fantasy Impact:

Gates said that Green is "a big part of what we do." 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 Gates, so it's surprising to see him going ahead of Gates in early fantasy drafts. He does have far more upside, but it's hard to see him posting TE1 numbers without an injury to Gates.

Sorting out the Chargers' TE situation

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 10:20am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers tight end Ladarius Green appears to have taken another step in his development after showing the ability to create big plays last season.

While Green will be featured more in the offense, veteran Antonio Gates will remain the most targeted tight end on San Diego’s roster. Gates has been the most targeted receiver for the Chargers two of the last three seasons. While NFL observers believe he has lost a step, the 34-year-old Gates can still beat one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field, particularly in the red zone.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Ladarius Green will 'explode,' has 'true Pro Bowl potential'

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:17pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 4:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the more impressive things during offseason workouts for the San Diego Chargers was watching how efficient quarterback Philip Rivers ran the offense.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers lost OC Ken Whisenhunt to Tennessee but will enjoy the return of WR Malcom Floyd. Rivers looks like a good value given his current ADP.

Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:44am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

NFL.com - [Full Article]

One of the primary beneficiaries of the Chargers' no-huddle attack will be Ladarius Green, who was limited to a deep threat role as the No. 2 tight end last season.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Chargers Inactives
Kwame Geathers NT
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Johnny Patrick CB
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

With WR Eddie Royal active again, TE Ladarius Green will likely see only around 40-50% of the snaps, making him a boom or bust fantasy play.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:08pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. If Royal plays, it may limit the number of snaps the Chargers are able to give to Ladarius Green, who saw a season high in snaps (61/67) in Week 13 when Royal was out, but saw his snap percentage drop to 42% upon Royal’s return in Week 14.