Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has the tools to be a huge impact player, but must hit the ground running and gain the trust of his quarterback, Philip Rivers. With Gates out of the picture with a four game suspension, Green is the clear cut starting tight end and must pick up where Gates left off. Green stands at 6’6, 240 pounds and has stunning speed for such a big man. If Rivers stays true to form and relies heavily on his tight end, Green will present a mismatch nightmare for defenses during the upcoming season.
Although he has not seen a ton of action on the field, Green was still able to contribute. On 53 targets, Green hauled in 36 catches for 602 yards, finding the end zone 3 times during the past two seasons. Sitting behind Antonio Gates has paid off for Ladarius and he nows gets his shot to be the team’s difference maker.
With Gates gone, Rivers needs an outlet receiver that he can count on. San Diego signed Stevie Johnson from the Bills to play on the outside with Keenan Allen. This should really open up the middle for Green. Even though Gates is slotted to return around Week 5, Green has the potential to be a top 10 tight end during the beginning of the season.