December 11, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) catches a pass for a first down during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
There are a lot of reports that Antonio Gates is back to full strength! f he is back to full strength, this is going to be HUGE for Philip Rivers and the offense since Vincent Jackson bucked his way out to Tampa. It is not that long ago that Gates was tearing up opposing secondaries by scoring touchdown after touchdown, while making big grabs on critical third downs. He was impossible to cover on the field with his speed and size by the secondary. He will be one year older and could be a little slower, but he is one smart football player and knows how to read the defense. He has a great chemistry with Philip and he can make some great things happen on the football field.
Could he really be back to full strength?!
Last season, he was basically a weekend warrior. He missed all kinds of practices during the week and was just healthy enough to suit up for games on Sunday. He still had a pretty good season under those conditions. If he is back to full strength, Philip won’t have to try and force the ball to other receivers and could cut down on those turnovers. Mr. Reliable will be back ready to make things happen.
Do you think that Gates is ready to be the impact player he once was?