Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ladarius Green Keeps Getting the Reps

Ladarius Green is making an impact. He had that huge touchdown run for the Chargers against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He also had another big play in the game taken off of the stat sheet because of a penalty for an ineligible player down field. He is going to be a huge impact for the team down the stretch and into next season. The combination of Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green can be deadly for teams on 3rd down and in the red zone.

Teams try to focus in on Antonio Gates on third down, but they cannot afford to let Ladarius Green run free in the secondary. He has a ton of speed and makes big plays.

“He’s the fastest guy on the team,” a smiling Rivers said in the locker room afterwards. “That might make some of the receivers mad, but it’s true in my opinion.”  (ESPN)

The Chargers are learning a lot about their team as the season goes on. Ladarius Green is getting the reps in the game now. He needs to be a big part of the game plan.

I wondered why he was on the sideline during the final 2-minute drill. I almost would rather have Green in the game during that time over Antonio Gates. Gates doesn’t have that big time playmaker ability like Green does. Let’s hope he gets more reps in the red zone and hope he makes more game changing plays. Dude is a beast! The Green Monster.


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  • Tazzster

    Most of Ladarius Greens big plays have come when they put Gates and Green on the same side of the line and send them both out on pass routes. Gates is drawing a double team which usually leaves single coverage on Green and usually with a linebacker covering. There are not many linebackers that can cover Green.
    Go back and watch the 60 yard play its exactly what happens Gates gets doubled and Green gets picked up by the CB, but he blows by him.

    • arnie

      How do you think Gronk got so many big plays? He was always in with other players makers on the field, drawing attention. I’ve been SCREAMING at the tv for the last three weeks for this.

      • Tazzster

        No doubt! Why we don’t see that package more often I don’t know…. seems like a no brainer.

        Think about it. You really don’t know what they are going to do from that setup. Toss sweep with two TEs to block? Or are they going to pass?

        Some of our biggest plays this year have been exploiting LBs in coverage…. MAKE IT HAPPEN MORE!

  • Peter Thompson

    I loved his post-game interview. Especially when he said he isn’t that fast.. lol. Maybe not, but that just means KC’s DB’s are really slow then. And THAT makes me laugh even harder!
    He reminds me a lot of M80.. very humble, and polite. That is a great quality for a player to have. He is going to be a Charger for life.. I have a gut feeling. AJ did good on this one ; )

    • Sergio Quintero

      Dude is fast, supposedly he ran in the mid 4.4′s in his pro day, and that some teams had him in the high 4.3′s in personal workouts. He remind’s me of JerMichael Finley so much, but with much better hands.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        he’s a better route runner then Finley too.

    • arnie

      Yes give aj credit were its due. To bad the development of his talent was just standing on the sidelines.

      • Peter Thompson

        And most of this year too. He was a good pick. That’s as far as my credit goes with AJ.

  • Gunnar Martin

    This guy has a bright future ahead of him. So glad it’ll be with us.

  • Brandon Rios

    The Green Monster ha That’s a good one.

  • arnie

    If the Chargers don’t blow it, he could be for them what Jimmy Graham is for the saints.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Needs to bulk up to reach Graham’s level, but there is time and that’s why there is a weight room. But 6’6 TE’s with sub 4.5 speed are special entities.

  • Eric Yates

    Green is a beast. I’d like to see the Chargers utilize him more in the slot, with Gates operating in the flat or as a bail out. I think you could see some Jimmy Graham-like seam plays with Green.