Ladarius Green, TE San Diego Chargers
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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.
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.