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McMichael growing into Gates' role

Posted on: December 24, 2010 1:39 pm
 
R. McMichael has taken over for the injured A. Gates (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A nice little story here from the San Diego Union Tribune about the man who’s been charged with replacing the production of injured TE Antonio GatesRandy McMichael.

When McMichael signed with San Diego in the offseason, he wasn’t expecting this much responsibility.

Even when it was still a question whether Gates would play on a week-to-week basis - now we know he's out until the postseason - McMichael still practiced his role as a blocking TE during practice. Then, McMichael on Sundays would have to fit himself into the hybrid TE role that Gates plays. Which obviously means becoming one of QB Philip Rivers’ main receiving targets.

“That just comes with playing a lot of ball,” McMichael told the paper. “I try not to be unprepared for any situation. Football has so many situations that go with it you don’t want to be unprepared. If (the center) might go down, I might have to go in at center.”

More from the story:

The familiarity Rivers has with Gates is an intangible the quarterback relishes and relies on, and it will likely never be duplicated with another player in Rivers’ career. But the quarterback knew early on in training camp that McMichael had an innate football cognizance.

“He’s a super, super smart player,” Rivers said. “He just gets it.”

McMichael doesn’t catch as many passes as Gates or catch them with the splendor that the future Hall of Famer makes look so routine.

McMichael doesn’t get open as well as a healthy Gates or run after the catch like him either. But he’s as close to Gates as anyone the Chargers have ever had, and he can block more consistently and better than would ever be asked of Gates.

With 16 receptions for 186 yards, McMichael is on pace for the lowest production he’s ever had in a full season of his nine-year career. But he’s been crucial to the Chargers becoming at least relevant in the second half of the season as Gates has missed four of the past six games and been hobbled for parts of others.


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McMichael growing into Gates' role

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Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:47 am
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role


Gates is like Bob Sanders....great when they are on the field, it just doesn't happen too often.  I say go with McMichael, someone that can acutally stay on the field and take your mountain of draft picks you can get for Gates to replenish the talent on that dreadful defense!

Until this latest stretch, Antonio Gates hasn't missed a game since 2005 and even then it was only one. To compare him to Bob Sanders is odd to say the least. Randy Mcmicheal is a solid TE but Gates is so much better.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:17 pm
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role

Man,  how many good draft picks could San Diego get for this guy?  Gates is like Bob Sanders....great when they are on the field, it just doesn't happen too often.  I say go with McMichael, someone that can acutally stay on the field and take your mountain of draft picks you can get for Gates to replenish the talent on that dreadful defense!


Wow that was a very ignorant take on football. Are you sure you are a Bucs fan? It's usually Steeler fans that have absolutely no clue what is going on in football.



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 2:50 am
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role

McMichael has just been doing a heck of a job, he has had 2 one hand grabs (1 for a TD) and he just looks smooth out there. McMichael, when he was with the Dolphins was easily a top 5 TE. You have to hand it to AJ, this team is so deep that when top tier players go down there is someone right behind him who's got plenty of talent. AJ has picked up scrap heap players (Antwaan Barnes, Antonio Garay, etc.)  and undrafted free agents (Gates, Tolbert, Dielman)  Which either have turned into excellent ballplayers or even Pro Bowlers. GO BOLTS!



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 2:42 am
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role

Gates hasn't missed a game his entire career before this year due to injury.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 9:19 pm
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role

The last time I checked the Chargers defense was ranked #1 in the AFC. This is the first year Gates has missed a game in his career because of injury. Bob Sanders is hurt every year. McMichael is doing a great job filling in for gates,but no TE does it better than #85.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 4:56 pm
 

McMichael growing into Gates' role

Man,  how many good draft picks could San Diego get for this guy?  Gates is like Bob Sanders....great when they are on the field, it just doesn't happen too often.  I say go with McMichael, someone that can acutally stay on the field and take your mountain of draft picks you can get for Gates to replenish the talent on that dreadful defense!


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