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San Diego Chargers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Ladarius Green

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green

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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.

Tyler McMullen is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook, and add him to your Google network. 

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