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Norv Turner: Antonio Gates is back to where we want him

Antonio Gates, George Wilson AP

It has been a rough couple of years for Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.

He missed six games in 2010 and three games, along with parts of others, last year because of a foot injury. He’s still been productive — 17 touchdown catches — but his presence in the lineup has been missed for the last two seasons. Gates has been very positive recently about the progress the injury has been making and it seems to be showing at Chargers workouts.

Coach Norv Turner is certainly a believer. Turner raved about Gates’ condition on Thursday and said that he is showing few signs of the injury that slowed him so much.

“Gates looks great — he’s back,” Turner said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Physically, he’s back to where we want him to be. I think, like anybody, going through this offseason program helps you get better. (It’s) the combination of conditioning, the combination of getting better in the areas you can improve, and being out there with your teammates.”

A return to full form for Gates would be huge for the Chargers offense. Losing Vincent Jackson and adding Robert Meachem means that the receiving corps will take some time to work itself out, but a healthy Gates could mitigate any growing pains.

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13 Responses to “Norv Turner: Antonio Gates is back to where we want him”
  1. kevo126 says: May 17, 2012 6:20 PM

    he is back…until he gets hurt next week.

  2. dumbolt says: May 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    what does it matter, the chargers are still going to suck again this year

  3. humb0lt says: May 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    Gatesy looked like himself again the final game of the season: 5 grabs for 106 yards and 36-yard TD reception v. the Raiders. The foot issues are behind him. He is meticulous about conditioning. He turn 32 just before the season starts. Lots of good football left for AG. The Bolts’ offense is going to dominate in 2012. Also looking forward to AG mentoring young but promising Ladarius Green.

  4. drewsg says: May 17, 2012 7:05 PM

    Good for him, Gates is one of the guys you always want to see do good and not be rattled by injuries.

  5. joetoronto says: May 17, 2012 7:05 PM

    “Gatesy”, “Super Bowl Express”.

    LMFAO!

  6. raiderapologist says: May 17, 2012 7:10 PM

    Gatesy? Nice player when healthy, but that is a terrible nickname.

  7. dumbolt says: May 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    humb0lt says:
    May 17, 2012 6:22 PM
    . The Bolts’ offense is going to dominate in 2012.
    ________________________________

    hey cuz you are dilusional…plus i can’t believe it …there is somebody else on here besides us…i thought we were the only one’s in the bolt nation…GO NORV!

  8. northsidesteel says: May 17, 2012 7:25 PM

    Gates is monster… when healthy there is not a defense in the NFL that can stop him. I would love to see him back at one hundred percent.

  9. jameslongstaffe says: May 17, 2012 7:26 PM

    Gates had a tough injury, & yet he still played & contributed. That itself is impressive! I am not sure people realize how hard that must have been. If he gets back healthy, there is not a better receiving tight end in the NFL, he has truly amazing skills:) His body position on the ball & hands, ability to move his feet is unmatched.

  10. howiefeltersnatch says: May 17, 2012 7:30 PM

    If he wasn’t so fat he probably wouldn’t get hurt as much.

  11. spellingcops says: May 17, 2012 8:17 PM

    Gates may be healthy, but the Chargers will still strive for mediocrity. They have Norv roaming the sidelines. I did like him in Nightmare on Elm St though….

  12. souldogdave says: May 17, 2012 8:29 PM

    Can’t wait until the Raiders tramp San Diego and Gates. The end is near, Humdolt. Still have the tramp bus and the 2 dogs?

  13. dropkickbanana says: May 17, 2012 10:00 PM

    Gates has always been a beast, and a problem for opposing defenses. I wish him well, and I hope he gets to play until he decides he’s done on his terms. Even on the rare occasion I’m rooting against the Chargers, I’ve always liked seeing him succeed.

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