November 18, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers TE Ladarius Green....An Overlooked Weapon?


By Jake Hefner

Last season the Chargers discovered a new toy for Phillip Rivers in the form of wide receiver Danario Alexander. Alexander came in off the street and added a new downfield threat to the chargers offense. This year,Vincent Brown makes his return to the field. Brown was lost to injury and missed the entire 2012 season. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal were colossal bust in their first year of wearing a lighting bolt. Familiar faces such as Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd will return to their playmaking roles for at least another season or two and the Chargers added Cal WR Keenan Allen in 3rd round of this years draft.

On paper and when healthy the Chargers receiving corps has a good mix of youth potential and veteran stability to make the offense extremely dynamic. But is there a forgotten piece in this puzzle of wide receivers?….Is there a player that could be ready to make a big jump this upcoming season?

Tight end Ladarius Green, a 2012 4th round pick may be poised to have a breakout year for the Chargers. When Green was drafted, tight ends Randy McMichael and Dante Rosario were ahead of him on the depth chart and unfortunately never got an opportunity to contribute. Since then McMichael and Rosario have been released and Green has vaulted to 2nd on the depth chart behind Antonio Gates.

Standing 6’6 241 pounds, Green does not lack athleticism or measurables. In 2012 he posted the second-fastest time for a TE (4.45) had the longest arms (34 1/2 inches) and the second-largest hands (10 1/8 inches) of any TE at the combine. Possessing the leaping ability to go up and make a catch in traffic, combined with the body technique to block out opposing defenders, Green can be a mismatch for opposing defenses. As great as Antonio Gates has been for this team, we all now he doesn’t have much time left. If Green is ready to step up and make an impact for this team, the 2013 season may be a great time for the Chargers to reveal a new secret weapon.

How bout it bolt fans,what do you think about the potential of Ladarius Green?

By Jake Hefner

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  • Cgoodness13

    From what I’ve been researching, we are running alot of single back and spread, so he might get the chance.

    • Pels04

      Really?!? Our OL has improved THAT much?!? Ha. Good to hear tho!

  • sam

    Hopefully he sees plenty of snaps this year, but I wouldn’t overlook FA signee Jon Phillips…he proved himself reliable in Dallas, and is a solid blocker…either way definitely should see many more 2 TE sets this season.

  • Pels04

    Does anyone remember his weight at the beginning of the year last year? I thought I remember AJ wanting him to put on some weight? I just hope he gets his shot. Everyone has been high on him since he arrived

  • Alter Ego

    Going Green – unleash the Ladarius ! I love me some Gates – he and Winslow two of the best. I hope that Ladarius Green joins that conversation. If he can punch a face on one play then catch a pass on the next – Hell Yeah !

  • joerockt

    There are 6 TE’s on the roster. How is Green 2nd on the depth chart? He’s going to need to earn that spot.

    • boltingindiego

      as of right now the only name you can consider putting ahead of green at the 2nd spot is phillips.

  • Rob Base

    Green has skills he will get his chance to shine.

  • Darrel Short

    If the Chargers use Green the way the Patriots use Hernandez, he can be a serious weapon and a headache for most defenses. 2 tight end set + 2 receivers = lots of opportunities

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He’s definitely a mismatch in the passing game

  • Nick in PB

    The only thing I worry about with Green is will we be tipping our hand? Green in the lineup means pass. Phillips is the better blocker so there is a better chance we use him on running downs. But you never know. Wissenhunt will have to believe in him first and find sneaky ways to use him. 241 is still small for a TE.

    • Darrel Short

      I agree, he should bulk up. I have hope still. The top ten tight ends range between 6’1 – 6’6 and 245-260. Green obviously has the height. He just needs to hit the weights.

      • Darrel Short

        Plus his speed is top of the class

    • Aaron Johnson

      The only thing I would say to your point is that if we run a 3 TE set with Gates, Phillips and Green we add an element of surprise if we go play action.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      On the Boltscast, Ricky Henne said that Ladarius Green has bulked up a bit, and looks better at blocking.. Hope that is true = )

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Oh that would be awesome!!!

        • Nick in PB

          Awesome indeed! If he could turn himself into a decent blocker, the sky’s the limit for him. He just cannot be a liability in the run game. Which really does mean he can be the next Gates! (-:

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          On another note.. someone said Kenny Okoro was looking sharp in practice. Wonder if he could make the #5 CB spot? Can’t remember who said it.. just got done watching & reading a ton of stuff.

  • Dion Chin

    Phillips is definitely #2 on the depth chart, Green would have to earn the 3 spot, which i think he will. Lots of potential.

  • sanford peisner

    Not many linebackers CB or safety can keep up with 6’6 TE. Want to see Green step it up. He has ability how much desire? Gates isn’t known as a blocker either.

  • C.Steele

    I hope he worked on his strength and in-line blocking, so he makes the squad, and sees significant playing time..#GoBolts

  • Aaron Johnson

    The dude has hands, jumping ability, speed and height. Watch college games of him and you will know why he was drafted. That being said, I remember him missing, or dropping off, blocks. Hopefully the coaching staff has coached blocking into him. Im excited and I do see a bright future for him in the NFL.