Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay this week, I was in Memphis, TN, supporting my UCLA Bruins as they were taking on Florida. Unfortunately, those damn Gators won the game, and I had to come home a bit earlier than I expected. Regardless, everything is well, and my other favorite team (the Chargers), are going to go all the way next season!
This week, I'm taking a look at the Tight Ends that are on the San Diego Charger's roster. Enjoy!
Note: I edited the receivers projections so I could fit in the tight ends. Thank you to the people who caught me on that!
As I say every year, Gates is getting slower, and has lost many steps. He is still a good receiver, but the Chargers have someone younger, and more explosive on the roster. This is the year that Gates and Green even out their opportunities, as Green is going to take over in a year or two, for our future Hall of Famer, Antonio Gates.
Gates has 2 more years on his contract, and I don't see Tom Telesco or Mike McCoy wanting to resign Gates. I bet they draft a new TE in next year's draft, and try to have two explosive TE's.
2013 Season: 77 Rec, 872 Yds, 4 TD, 2 Fum
Next Season (Prediction): 45 Rec, 500 Yds, 3 TD
Fantasy Outlook: Slipping into irrelevancy. Gates is becoming a middle-of-the-road TE in the NFL. It'll show in fantasy this year.
This will be his "breakout year." He will still be splitting opportunities with Gates, but expect that to change as the season progresses, and in a year or two, expect him to sit #1 on the Depth Chart. He causes these crazy mismatches, and teams won't be able to assign their Linebackers to cover Green, as he is arguably "the fastest player on the team," according to a few of the players, including Philip Rivers.
2013 Season: 17 Rec, 376 Yds, 3 TD
Next Season (Prediction): 35 Rec, 590 Yds, 5 TD
Fantasy Outlook: Slipping into relevancy. Green is becoming a middle-of-the-road TE in the NFL from a fantasy perspective, and people are starting to realize that this guy is incredibly talented and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
John Phillips ended a disappointing season with a disappointing knee injury. Thankfully, his injury caused the Chargers personnel to realize Ladarius is a fantastic young TE. I think John Phillips will be back next year, as he is signed to a 3 year contract relatively cheap. He still is a good blocker.
2013 season: 4 Rec, 30 Yds
Next Season (Prediction): 0 Rec, 0 Yds
Fantasy Outlook: He won't get any opportunities to catch balls from Rivers, so he won't get a chance to be a fantasy contributor to your team. The only people who'll have John Phillips on their fantasy teams will be his family and friends.
Jake Byrne, David Johnson, Ryan Otten
Jake Byrne was never a receiving tight end, even in college, so he won't be a contributor this year from a fantasy standpoint. David Johnson was drafted in '09 by the Steelers, and has actually caught balls for 200 yards and TD, but he was still signed as a blocking specialist. Ryan Otten has no stats. None of these guys also most likely won't see the field in the regular season. I expect them all to be cut.
I'll see you guys next week with my DST projections! I have to figure out how to flesh it out for a full article, but trust me... It'll be good! Have a great week, and remember... GO BOLTS!