The Los Angeles Chargers brought back future Hall of Fame TE Antonio Gates today. Will they be able to make a Super Bowl run with him?
It all started with a season ending injury to Hunter Henry. After Henry went down for the count, we all threw Antonio Gates’ name out there as the option that we should go with. It only made sense. I bet it was the plan for a long time to sign Gates after the end of the preseason and get him onto the field for week 1 of the season.
Antonio Gates usually has a pretty good offseason plan and he will have no problem getting back on the field immediately. Now we will just have to see how much more signs of aging will Gates have when he steps on the field. Gates has lost a step, but he still is a huge threat when he steps on the field. He will be more of a threat than Virgil Green or Sean Culkin ever will be in the passing game. Just his presence on the field will get some people open.
Adding Gates in the red zone and on 3rd downs to move the chains will be his biggest asset. He will give Philip another option to throw the ball to and will open up the field for Mike Williams or Keenan Allen.
The Chargers have a roster that can make it to the Super Bowl. One of the missing elements was a tight end that could catch some passes and move the chains. That problem was easily solved by adding Gates.
What else will the Chargers need moving forward? They need some luck in the injury department. They need to show that they can stop the run. They will need a killer instinct.
I expect this team to get into the playoffs. I expect this team to make that run to the Super Bowl. I expect Gates to make some big contributions from time to time to help this team make that run.
I am sipping that Kool Aid real hard right now and I expect to make that run. Yes…. we are talking about Super Bowl runs with the Chargers. Do you think this team has Super Bowl potential?