A couple of years ago, Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers was considered the most dangerous pass-catching ends in the league, but injuries and age have prevented him from ranking near the top over the last couple of seasons. While Gates’ numbers have been decent over the last couple of seasons, it appears he may have an extra chip on his shoulder heading into the 2013 season.
Apparently, Gates is upset over being ranked No. 73 on this year’s list of the Top 100 Players on the NFL Network–which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering just about every player most likely believes they deserve a higher ranking. If this were a couple of years ago, there’s a good chance Gates would have been higher on the list, but as much as he doesn’t want to hear it–No. 73 seems like the perfect spot for him on the list.
The league has seen plenty of effective pass-catching tight ends emerge over the last couple of years and thanks to this–Gates no longer is considered the best at what he does. Obviously, Gates still has the potential to be effective in the Chargers’ passing game next season and it will be interesting to see if he’s even more motivated after these rankings came out.
Who knows–maybe this extra motivation will benefit San Diego as they look to bounce back from another disappointing season and make a run at the AFC West.
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