November 6, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) scores on a reception during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Open The Flood Gates


Antonio Gates has been reported by many sources to be healthy.  It has been said he looks as though he is in tip-top shape.

If it is indeed true that he has finally returned to 100% health, then I would hate to be ANY defensive coordinator that has to gameplan for the “Gates of old.”

I feel as though, it goes without saying, the defenders in the league are more than nervous at the news that #85 is healthy.

It’s forgivable to take his “past” ability for granted. Given the last 3 seasons were dominated by plantar fasciitis, it’s easy for some to relegate him to past his prime and no longer elite.

Last year he put up numbers that 90% of the league’s TEs would salivate over being able to achieve. He did so in a limited amount of games.

But if we’re all about to see Gates return to full health; let this be a warning to all teams that happen to be on the Chargers schedule this year.

You have been warned.  If arguably the greatest Tight End in NFL history is now healthy with something to prove? Look out.

The relationship on the field between Rivers and Gates has grown to be an unspoken one.  What the other one is thinking is already anticpated by the other.  Where to go.  How to change up the route midplay. How quickly should said route be cut off and/or manipulated. Where the ball should and will be placed.

A lot of my favorite plays in recent memory have been brought to you in part by Antonio Gates.

Antonio Gates being 100% healthy would certainly aid my prediction of the Chargers finally winning their first Lombardi trophy.

I truly believe that #ThisIsOurYear.

Do you?

Thanks a lot for reading.





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  • @BOLTSFAN1972

    Rivers to Gates how I long to hear those words!!!!

  • davacho

    so excited…

  • tanker58p

    I like to say, “When the River flows, the Gates open” when ever i see them two connect, Can’t wait for this season!

  • BoltUpBaby♡

    I like your predictions and your clever words too! I don’t have to see who pen is behind the article to know your witty sayings, it’s a game I play when reading Bolt Beat and 99% of the time I’m correct. Good work!!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      hahahahaha….sounds like a fun little game. we all have our different styles of writing that mesh together pretty well, but they all are very distinct.