Has Antonio Gates Lost a Step?

Was it the Patriots suffocating defense that stopped Antonio Gates this weekend OR was is father time catching up to our All-Pro Tight End? Antonio Gates is 31 years old and he finally started missing games last season due to injury. He had never missed a start before last season. The chronic foot problems stopped him from having a spectacular season  last year and he was sidelined for the preseason this year.

Gates opened up week 1 with a healthy number of receptions, but then dropped off the face of the planet in week 2. Of course the Patriots game-planned to take Gates out of the game, but teams have game-planned to do that for years now AND that never stopped him before! He would tear teams apart with his ability to break loose from linebackers and get free for touchdowns. We just gave him a 5-year contract extension last year and we need Pro Bowl production from our Pro Bowler.

Although he does seem a step slower, he still will find ways to get open and score touchdowns. It is only 2 games of the season and he has plenty of time to step it up and start putting up some MONSTER numbers. He can start it out this weekend against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs! A MONSTER game against the Chiefs will quiet all the chatter about him losing a step.

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  • Amanda Marlin

    Hell no

  • Tony Guerrero

    The guy gets doubled/trippled and shut out in one game and you write an question him?

  • Bolt Beat

    Well.. He has been double and triple teamed forever and only now he has had trouble. He missed all those games ast year and missed the preseason.

  • Tony Guerrero

    Bro, it’s only one game! If he has 2 or 3 bad games in a row then you can have cause for concern. Wasn’t he money the week before?

  • MarkGarvin

    I don’t think he had the fight in him Sunday to get any separation. Rivers tried to force it to him – get him in the game – and it didn’t work. There is a big difference between 21 and 31. The quickness has slowed. Now he needs to use his head and find the passion for the game. Is it fun to just play football or fun to beat your defender? He needs a good game against KC to spark the fire.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    @MarkGarvin couldnt say it any better than that!!! Even though he is a step slower, he still can be a factor. He still is better than most tight ends in this league. he just needs the desire

  • Bolt Beat

    alright.. i will let it slide for one game. he better come back with a monster game against the terrible Chiefs