Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker (32) during third quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ladarius Green getting noticed by experts

Ladarius Green is on top of Gil Brandt’s list of top young tight end prospects in the NFL. He has been on a few posts this offseason as a potential breakout candidates. His abilities are is recognized by a lot of the experts in the game. Chargers fans have been waiting to see Green get te opportunity on the field and the rest of the NFL will soon see what the kid can do. This is the year that we all expect him to share time and eventually take over the spot from Antonio Gates.

Green has sat behind the Hall of Fame tight end for a couple of seasons to learn the craft and now it is his time to shine. The Chargers still will have Gates on the field, but Green will get thrown into the mix more and more. Head Coach Mike McCoy wished that he got the young tight end involved more last season and he will be sure to get the involvement high from the start of the year.

Look for the Chargers to use double tight end sets often to take advantage of the talent that they have at the position. Gates may ave lost a step, but he still is a top target for Philip Rivers. He still has the ability to get open quickly and move the chains. He still can find openings in the red zone and score touchdowns. He still is a weapon.

With the pair of Gates and Green on the field, the team can create mismatches all day. If defenses look to stop the passing game, the Chargers can pound the rock with Ryan Mathews and the rest of the running backs. If defenses want to bring in more linebackers to combat the running attack, the Chargers will air it out to Gates and Green.

Green’s freak athleticism is what has everyone excited. His play against the Kansas City Chiefs last season showed the type of speed that he brings to the field. He has great hands and has the size to jump over defenders. His potential in the offense is high. The expectations are high.

Could Green end up with more yards than Antonio Gates this season?

Tags: Ladarius Green San Diego Chargers

  • jcrisp

    1st one to comment what?! Yea im really looking forward to seeing what green can do and he is still so young!! I loved this pickup at 4th round absolutely awesome, let’s see if he pans out, I personally think he should because I don’t see why not. Heres to hopefully an awesome 2014 season!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… love the first to comment comment… haha

  • Guest

    You know, my favorite play from Green was that TD catch in the back of the end zone against the Bengals in the playoffs. Textbook definition of no chance!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      exactly… almost mentioned that in the post… .cant wait to see more of that this season

  • powderBLUE801

    I have talked him up in other articles so no need to get into it again. But in my eyes Green has all the tools to make it to the HOF. He is a beast and can’t wait for his first 1000 yard season. It will happen.

  • Tazzster

    I definitely think Green could have more yards than Gates.

    There was a play last year (I want to say against Tennessee) where they lined up Gates and Green on the same side. Both went out on pass patterns and were picked up by LBs. The safety came down to help and had to choose which guy to help. He doubles up on Gates and Green is one on one with a LB and consequently wide open. Play result was like a 20 to 30 yard gain.

    It is the problems people are going to have all year. Who do you double? Floyd, Allen, Gates, Green? Someone better help with Woodhead out of the backfield. There are too many good targets. Somebody is going to be open enough for Rivers to complete a pass.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      the offense has me so excited…. again, it will be the biggest help to our defense

    • Stefanie Smith

      This is going to be a beautiful thing, Tazz. Yep, depth. And decent depth. Now, they can set up some schemes.

    • BoltNative

      I’m a big fan of emulating a “turtle” for 3 quarters in a playoff game… oh wait, that was Wizehunt’s brilliant idea! Yes, ALL of our RBs, TEs, WRs can catch and we have many weapons as long as Rivers is not harassed by pressure. So, Mr. Reich, can you please read the “Art of War” and not turtle, not be predictable, not always punt on 4th down inside the opponent’s 40, not always run up the middle on 1st & 2nd downs, not not run 2 TE sets a lot, not not ever run QB sneaks (did you see any last year?), not not have any screen plays in your repertoire, not not ever steal great plays from other teams, not not adapt until halftime? That would just be cool to have the opposing team on their heals for a change. Feel free to run the score up too! We as fans, expect that this year. Thank you.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        the hands killed me last season… drops and fumbles were death

        • BoltNative

          Yeah, weren’t they?!? I hate to say it, but in the Denver playoff game, L. Green dropped a critical pass in the 4th quarter that killed a comeback drive to possibly tie the game. I practically shat myself! New name for the team, “the San Diego Defibrillators.”

    • Tyreece Kaete Sr.

      Agree and don’t count out that boy Tevin Reese and Dontrelle Inman (CFL) he’s hungry, he can’t wait to showcase what he could do.

    • Adam

      Exactly. Who are you gonna cover? Pick you poison. I’ve been excited about green since the day we drafted him.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        I have been excited for that kid for a while… happy that we will finally see more of him on the field. Should be huge for the offense.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    “Could Green end up with more yards than Antonio Gates this season?”

    I’d be willing to bet on it.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think that it is a definite possibility.

    • BoltNative

      It may not happen if other teams start double-teaming Green instead of Gates. Fine with me if Gates gets his yards. As long as he doesn’t fumble and/or drop critical passes. Spread the ball around Rivers and get TDs and not just settle for FGs.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        I’d be happy with being wrong if we go with a bunch of two Tight End sets that create serious problems for other team’s defenses. Doesn’t really matter which one, Gates or Green, gets into the end zone, as long as one of them does.

  • Chad Jensen

    A stud in the making.

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

    Gates may be losing a step, and its only natural that Green take his spot one day. Gates has meant SO much to this organization, and done even more for this organization. I have absolutely no problem paying him handsomely to take a backseat, if Green (in fact) is performing better. As long as we win, Green is playing well, and Gates is playing well. I’m a happy camper.

    • Calman21

      I think Green either finishes as the #1 TE this season or takes it next. Gates did not look very good this year (better than most TEs, but not what we are used to).