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Sean Culkin an unlikely hero for Chargers

By Janet Ibarra
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a hard tackle during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a hard tackle during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Sean Culkin is likely to be the unlikely hero as a third-string tight end for the Los Angeles Chargers.

He made a 24-yard catch in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 of the  2018 season. That play came on his first snap of the game and what a catch it was. Culkin has the ability at 6-foot-5 to get in there and make those spectacular catches you need to win a game.

You know he is going to be developing into a star tight end and I am sure he learned a lot from  Antonio Gates, a Future Hall of Fame tight end himself. By the way, Gates gave him his nickname, “Baby Shockey”.

He is great on special teams as well, has great running speed and the ability to block for the running backs.

Last season he played a big role in the running game for the Chargers. Just like last season, Gates is a free agent at this time and only time will tell if he will be back but it would be exciting to see him retire as a member of the team.

If not, the Chargers will need a tight end to step it up and make the plays that Gates used to make.

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We all know what Hunter Henry can do and are hoping all goes good when he returns this season after his injury, but if he can’t be the star player that the Chargers need then I am excited to see how Culkin steps up.

I know I am excited as well as any Chargers fan to see how great he is going to do this season, as we all saw he is really developing into a star tight end and will be the hero the Chargers need. So keep a close eye on him for those big plays.

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