The San Diego Chargers have one of the NFL’s best tight ends in Antonio Gates, but he is beginning to slow down due to age, wear and tear; and the fact that he is simply past his prime. But San Diego has set themselves up with a bright future beyond the Gates era in third-year TE Ladarius Green, who many have pegged as a breakout candidate during the 2014 season.
Green certainly has the size desired at the tight end position with his massive 6-foot-6 frame, but his 240-pound body is a bit concerning as an in-line tight end.
Green is the future for San Diego at the tight end position and should be a valuable piece offensively this season as the team’s seam threat tight end. The NFL has shifted to a more pass oriented league, and we have seen the rise of a “new breed” of tight ends known as the “move” or “joker” tight ends who are smaller, but quicker, faster and have much better ball skills than the traditional in-line blocker. That is exactly what Green offers for San Diego.
Green had a decent 2013 campaign, catching 17 passes for 376 yards (22.1 yard per reception average) and three touchdowns with a long of 60 yards. He has the ability to present mismatches wherever he lines up. His 6-foot-6 frame gives him the edge over smaller corners and his speed gives him the edge over linebackers and safeties.
The former Louisiana-Lafayette tight end does not have much competition behind him and will push Gates for playing time this season. Green and Gates will team with second-year receiver Keenan Allen to help open up San Diego’s offense in the ever competitive AFC West.
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