Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) scores a touchdown on a 56-yard pass play from quarterback Philip Rivers (not pictured) during second half action against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Gates has been back in full swing again this season. Performing like the Hall of Famer that we know that he is. The last couple of seasons he struggled with injuries and didn’t perform the way that we were used to seeing him. Philip Rivers struggled as well without an offensive line and without Gates playing at his normal standard. Gates felt disconnected the last couple of seasons from the team:
“There was a period where I would skip practice and just play in games,” he said. “I would do things to take away the pain in my foot and I would find a way to play in the game. Somehow you get disconnected when you’re not actually practicing. You’re just meeting and playing in games and you get disconnected with the players on the field because you’re not necessarily putting in the same time that they’re putting in or the same work.
“For that matter you feel kind of singled out. You don’t feel as connected as you would want to be. Now I feel connected.” – Fox Sports
It is good to have a healthy Gates on the field with the rest of the team. I have heard a lot of the younger players raising him for sharing his knowledge of the game. Getting on the field and getting connected with the rest of the guys will go a long way for the team.