Gates caught two of his four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Dolphins.
The touchdown was Gates' 112th of his career, surpassing Tony Gonzalez for the most TDs by a tight end in NFL history. However, that was about the only good news for the 37-year-old, as he saw younger counterpart Hunter Henry get the majority of the targets en route to a seven catch, 80-yard performance. Given Gates' advanced age, it wouldn't be a shock if Henry continues to see more playing time as the season drags on, making the veteran TE a risky play in most formats.
Gates caught two of his three targets for 17 yards in Monday's loss to the Broncos.
Neither Gates nor promising young tight end Hunter Henry did much of anything against the Broncos vaunted secondary, with Gates seeing 39 snaps as opposed to Henry's 23. Much like the doe-c-doe that occurred last season when both tight ends were healthy, fantasy owners may have to live with uneven performances from both Gates and Henry at times, as Philip Rivers hasn't shown a major propensity to target one player more than another.
Gates didn't participate during Saturday's preseason matchup against the Rams for rest purposes, Eric D. Williams of ESPN reports.
There's seemingly no cause for concern, as the team was likely just looking to avoid the 37-year-old getting banged up. He should be set to go Week 1.
Gates caught both of his targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 48-17 preseason loss to the Seahawks.
Though he played just one series, Gates picked up a first down before capping off a long drive with a five-yard touchdown reception from Philip Rivers. There has been talk of limiting the 37-year-old's involvement this season, but he showed in this one what he can still do at his advanced age. He is unlikely to see any extended run during the preseason and could become a situational player once the regular season begins.
Gates could be used as more of a third down and red zone specialist, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.
Gates ended the 2016 season with more snaps than rookie TE Hunter Henry, but it finally seemed as if Father Time had caught up with the 36-year-old, as Gates struggled to explode off the line of scrimmage. That certainly came through in Gates final stat line, as the veteran TE managed to record just 538 receiving yards, his lowest figure since 2012. As a result, it's likely Henry will take over more of the starting TE role, with Gates fading into the background as more of a third down and red zone specialist. That can still make for a useful fantasy fallback, especially in the Chargers high-octane passing attack, but it appears as if the days of Gates as an elite fantasy TE are officially over.
|5||10/8/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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