Going into the season, Antonio Gates was healthy again. His foot was not going to give him any issues. He was in great shape and was ready to prove that he is still one of the best tight ends in the league. That sure seems like forever ago now. The offseason blinded us to an aging tight end.
Gates used to be able to take over games and he used to beat double and triple teams. The last couple of seasons, he has struggled to make an impact. He doesn’t have a 100 yard game this year and he has four games this season where he finished with a total yards in the teens. More balls seem to clank off his hands and end up on the grass. Through 12 games this year he has 448 yards, last season he only played 13 games and finished with 778 yards.
We were hoping for Gates to make like Tony Gonzalez, but I guess that fountain of youth doesn’t work for everyone. Danario Alexander came in and took some attention away, but Gates still hasn’t broken out. He still has 3 more years on his contract, but we need to start looking for his replacement. We already have started by taking Ladarius Green in the draft. We will see how Green develops in the offseason.
How much does Gates have left in the tank? He doesn’t look like that Pro Bowl player anymore.