Old Man River, otherwise known as
Gates played 787 snaps in 2014, which ranked 17th at his position and proved far more than many younger tight ends. He was also more productive than nearly all of them with 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns, the second-highest total of his career. But while promoting a boxing match in Detroit, he told Monday Morning Quarterback that he would like to scale it back in 2015.
"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," he said. "I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway."
His plan would give young, athletic
"There are things we can do more with him," McCoy said. "He worked extremely hard. I don't think it was anything he was physically doing out there. I think it was a matter of philosophically what we were doing with the players we had. We got into the 11 personnel game a lot, three receivers and a tight end. When you have the three receivers we had, and you've got (tight end) Antonio Gates, (you'd have to) take the back out of the game. We need to use him more."
Green was limited to only 19 receptions on 24 targets in 2014. Entering his fourth year in the league, the 24-year-old has totaled 40 receptions for 658 yards and three touchdowns.
General manager Tom Telesco echoed McCoy's sentiments about getting Green into the mix.
It's a good problem to have that we have enough guys," Telesco said. "Philip (Rivers) spreads the ball around. Basically, the open guy gets the ball; he doesn't force it to anybody. But Ladarius has a lot of talent. We'll get him in the mix. We will. He's too good not to."
Rivers missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday before having an "outstanding" day of practice Thursday and winding up listed as probable on the team's final injury report. Green was deemed questionable but will suit up, as will defensive tackle
The Chargers enter the road matchup as a 1-point underdog.
Also ruled out is running back
The Chargers are 1 1/2-point underdogs.
Gates has 84 targets in 14 games (6.0 per game), compared to Green's 23 targets in 12 games (1.9 per game).
|2012||San Diego Chargers||4||1||4||56||14.0||31||0||1||0||1|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||10||17||376||22.1||60||3||9||1||15|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||14||4||19||226||11.9||28||0||5||0||12|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||4||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||10||10.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||14||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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