One of the most promising images of the San Diego Chargers' camp this season has been the play of tight end Antonio Gates.
He looks like Antonio Gates.
The man who faces him every day in practice is so sold that the potential Hall of Fame tight end is completely back to form after dealing with several foot-related injuries for the past four years, that he has a message for the rest of the NFL.
“He’s going to be the best tight end in the NFL this year,” San Diego Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle said Thursday. “The best. You can’t guard him … I know there are a lot good tight ends coming up in the league, but Antonio is the best. He looks that good. He hasn’t looked this good since my rookie season.”
For what it's worth, Weddle was a rookie in 2007, when Gates caught 75 passes for 984 yards and 9 touchdowns.