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Gates Not Ready to Run, Injury Questions Loom

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, May 31, 2008.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://sdg.scout.com/2/758476.html

     
  2. Thread_Killer

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    I hope this isn't like the Roman Oben situation; he said "I'll for sure be ready for training camp", and never really came back.
     
  3. Electric Chair

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    IMO Gates career will never be the same. Toes don't bounce back. Think "knee" in the 70's.

    I think that Gates best is behind him.
     
  4. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    me too better safe than sorry i would think:no:
     
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  5. Retired Catholic

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    Patience. I have had this injury. Gates and the therapists and the docs merely have to exercise due diligence. This is nothing like knees in the 70's. Simpler anatomy, more advanced medicine and meds.
     
  6. BOLTS4LIFE

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    Thanks for the input!!!!
    I say "let Gates sit out of training camp, preseason, and let him come into the regular season when he's ready." Let's say by week 8 we're at least 6-2 then a healthy Gates comes into the roster!!! Imagine having a healthy Gates in post season!!! :bolt:
     
  7. matt1187

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    With our roster the way it is, we really don't need him until late in the season (so he can get in-game reps for the postseason.) Naanee, Chandler, Manu, and the WR's will benefit from this. I just hope Gates can be 100% like his old self by January.
     
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  8. Buck Melanoma

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    Gates will be a loss, but not an insurmountable one. Opposing teams have not really seen what Naanee & Chandler may be capable of doing, plus we have a much more capable set of WRs than in past years. LT may well play a much larger role in the passing game again, too.

    While I hope Gates is ready to go on day 1, if it takes a little longer so be it. Healthy for the playoff push is OK for me.
     
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  9. Showmeyourbolt

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    Gates will have his most productive season this year.
     
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  10. henryqjr2001

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    Look for the tight end position to less featured this season and the Chargers going deep down field this season. Go Bolts:bolt:
     
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  11. Rainman

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    Word. :icon_banana:
     
  12. Buck Melanoma

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    I'm hoping for November at the latest. That will give him 9 months - plus I want to see him play on 11/9!! :yes:
     
  13. Rainman

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    IMO, Naanee is the guy who figures to get more additional reps than anyone else during whatever time period Gates is absent.

    I'd love to see what this guy can do....:tup:
     
  14. dmercado70

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    reading into this thread i am somewhat bugged about this now =(

    get healthy antonio asap homey !!! :bolt:

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    the earth will quake as the heavens reign above the charger blue skies !!!
     
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  15. Boltdiehard

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    He did have one HUGE catch against the Colts when they let him run free down the middle that put us deep in their territory.

    I'll take RC's advice for now and hope for the best.
     
  16. RipTheJacker

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    Why is everyone mentioning Naanee?
    Not only is he not big enough to be a TE, but with him changing his number to a WRs number, i think Norv/Shelmon are giving up on him being anything more than just a WR.

    If Gates cant go, Manu will be the starter, and Chandler will be the pass catching TE when needed, but with how deep our WR core is right now (Jackson, Chambers, Davis, Naanee) plus having great pass catchers out of the backfield (LT and Hester) will really limit just how much we need a pass catching TE not named Gates
     
  17. AnteaterCharger

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    Its still a month plus til training camp so I'm still wanting to wait and see what happens
     
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  18. Electric Chair

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    I'll believe it when I see it. Big toes aren't connected by much. Ripping that apart means massive scar tissue, and while you experienced something similar, I doubt you were relying on being able to make cuts on a 6'5" frame at 100mph to succeed at your job.

    I would be willing to put money on the fact that he will have more surgery on this before it's said and done.

    Thank you AJ for bringing in Chris Chambers. :tup:
     
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  19. WyomingBoltFan

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    I totally agree! If he needs to sit out till mid season so be it. I rather see him playing at 100% near the end of regular season than try to play before he's ready.
     
  20. tboltzcali

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    Let naanee take his place.
     
  21. Buck Melanoma

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    If Gates isn't healthy - hell, yeah. A combo of Naanee, Chandler, & Manu.
     
  22. 17Rocks

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    I question all of this Naanee talk too. I think that the emphasis will shift from TE to WR this year in the passing game. Gates has had all of his success with a sub-par receiving corps. that is no longer the case, hence his absence will not be as devastating as everyone thinks.
     
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    Then again, we could be undervaluing what his presence does to a defensive scheme (i.e. how does it help the other guys on our team when they line up). Going along the lines of what the article states, just the mere fact that D's have to help cover Gates with a CB is big. Not having a healthy Gates or Gates at all will have a big impact on how D's play us. I realize people are trying to be positive, but losing Gates for more than a few games sucks arse.
     
  24. PhilipRivers#1

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    Terrible news.:no:
     
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  25. Rainman

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    Gates has always been used as a receiver in addition to tight end. That's what makes Naanee a strong possibility to get a big chunk of reps for whatever time Gates is out. Naanee isn't "tight end big", but he IS big compared to most to the DBs who'll get assigned to cover him.

    I see Legedu causing some very interesting coverage mismatches.
     

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