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Chiseled Gates hit the weights

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tight end says he's 'stronger and faster'

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    2:00 a.m. August 2, 2009

    Antonio Gates, who has more touchdowns than any player at his position through the first 93 games of his career and could well be headed to the Hall of Fame, finally looks like a tight end.

    “With the injury, I was in the weight room,” Gates said, smiling and shrugging. “I wanted to make myself a football player.”

    Gates has always been self-deprecating in regards to his being a true football player versus a basketball player, his having come to the NFL without having played football in college. He acknowledges he is still learning the finer points of the game, even learning how to deal with football injuries.

    Rehabbing a badly sprained ankle this spring, he figured he might as well work on his upper body. Once he started seeing results (aesthetically as well as in increased strength) he was even more motivated. The result is a leaner, chiseled Gates.

    “I've never been strong in the weight room,” said Gates, always a little more pudgy than sculpted. “I've been a naturally big guy.”

    Despite his five Pro Bowl elections, Gates didn't like what he called “the perception people had,” as if they were surprised at what he looked like. He wanted to be recognized as a tight end.

    He's up a few pounds to 263, but it's good weight. He said his conditioning is better, and he is stronger at the point of attack with defenders.

    “When you're carrying muscle instead of fat, you just carry it better,” said Gates, who begins this season with 51 career touchdowns. “I'm stronger and faster and feel more dominant.”

    English practices

    Larry English is being counted on and counting on playing plenty this season. So he wanted to be here as soon as possible, even as the signing of first-rounders league-wide was slow going.

    “It was important for me to get in,” English said. “As we all know, this is part of the business. I'm happy it's over.”

    English missed the three rookie practices and three full-squad workouts before joining his team on the field. But he had been at Chargers Park all spring. Working with the second team and also spelling Shawne Merriman some with the first team, he certainly didn't appear lost.

    “I felt the first practice was good,” English said. “The learning curve is good. It's moving fast. Merriman and (Shaun) Phillips, they both have been real good giving me pointers.”

    English arrived in San Diego from his home in Illinois after 11 p.m. Friday, following his agreement to a five-year, $13.4 million deal that virtually guarantees him almost $10 million.

    He yesterday spent the morning doing administrative work before being cleared to practice.

    Nuts 'n' bolts

    [​IMG] Charly Martin, an undrafted free-agent receiver out of West Texas A&M, has made a number of fine catches. He could conceivably unseat or join Gary Banks on the practice squad.

    [​IMG] People keep asking who's replacing Igor Olshansky, and Chargers coach Norv Turner finds it humorous. Said Turner: “I'm going to say it again, and I'll probably say it again tomorrow and next week when I get asked the question. Jacques (Cesaire) is the starter at right end . . . ”

    [​IMG] The Chargers signed tight end Charles Davis, a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2006 who is now with his fifth NFL team.
  2. Enormo

    Enormo BoltTalker

    Jul 22, 2007
    It's been a rough two years for the Chargers health-wise. It will be exciting to see all of our best in top shape. This offense could be a multi-headed monster.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I don't care about his "Chiseled body" just be in the damn game when your teams needs you. Oh by the way being able to complete your assignment's would be a great help.
  4. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Gates is going to topple more records this season. Some of them will be his own. We are healthier now than at any time in the last two seasons. Fasten your seat belts.
  5. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Seems to me that I remember some here saying that Gates was done, he'd never be the same after the foot injury.

    I believe that AG & LT are going to serve up some crow this year. I'm standing by that. Any bets against it? :icon_shrug:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    That would be great, I just want him around at playoff time as close to 100% as possible. This should be the year of the Charger and I don't want any excuses for falling short.

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