Mid-Morning Dump: San Diego Chargers News Around the Web

It feels like forever since I have bee home, but arrived in the middle of the night after a long drive. What a nice vacation that was and I will be back on the grind tomorrow. It has been a little strange to be out of it for as long as I have been out. The view above is from on the merry-go-round at Pier 39 shot yesterday.

The morning dump is a little (A LOT) late this morning, because it took me some time to get it all running after driving throughout the night, but here it is.

The course is set for the next Bolt to the Q run:

OTAs will be starting up for the Chargers today. Should be a good time for the rookies and the vets to meet up.

Manti Te’o feels that he is in the best shape of his life going into the season:

Antonio Gates is on a list that many fans are not going to love, but it makes a ton of sense.

Finally, here are some storylines to watch with OTAs starting up:

I should be back online a little more today since I am back home and will be able to get on the computer a little more. Will look forward to talking some Chargers football with everyone.

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Both the bleachereport & Ben Higgins articles are quite good and agree on all points. I love Gates but he is nowhere near the 03-10 version of himself, there is a noticeable lack of speed and explosiveness to his game, and it this point Green is a better player than Gates (not arguing careers here).

    The chargers would well served having Gates as the 3rd-5th option on most plays, behind Allen-Floyd and Green, take advantage that teams are still double teaming him and game planning heavily for him, until it reaches the point he gets single coverage and very favorable matchups.

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

      Why hasn’t Green already blown Gates out of the water? It’s not just about snaps. Is it his blocking. perhaps? I gotta be honest, I can’t remember if he was any good at it in 2013. All I know is that we brought Phillips & Gronk’s brother in as blocking TE’s, and Phillips was higher on the depth chart… even when we already had a fullback. And now we brought in another blocking TE from Pittsburgh.. who is supposedly replaces McClain as a FB, but I get the feeling it’s because Green can’t block. Maybe I’m wrong. What are your thoughts?

      • Sergio Quintero

        Green hasn’t blown Gates out of the water because of the same reason Ajirotutu didn’t play ahead of Brown, there are politics.

        I remember reading that Green was middle of the pack at blocking in the PFF rankings and Gates was among the 3 worst in the league, so blocking is still horrible for Gates.

        I know you have nostalgic value for Gates, but he’s a receiving TE on decline, I wish he aged as well as Gonzalez but unfortunately he will be a 500 yard useful TE damn soon, and far from the number 1 weapon have to gameplan player he was not too far ago.

        If you want to talk about blocking statistics the eggheads at boltsfromtheblue will tell you how bad Gates statistics are and Green was average to above average.

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

          Lol… nah. I’m not really that nostalgic after last season. Green deserves more snaps, and earned them. I seriously just couldn’t remember if either of them were that great at blocking, so that’s why I was asking. I remember there were alot of people who said he couldn’t block. I know you know your stats, so thanks for clearing it up for me ; )

  • Robert Fairbanks

    You need to get a life. You drive all night to get home and the first thing you do is write an article.

    • Nick619chargers4life

      I’m a little late getting to your comment but Ernie is the one that has made it happen around here for years. Writers come and they go but Ernie stays the same . Maybe now that it’s two weeks later you get that .