The Los Angeles Chargers introduced tight finish Antonio Gates again for his 16th professional season solely due to an damage to Hunter Henry in May, however Gates appears like he is not able to retire but.
Even although he performed a secondary position this season with the Chargers (11-4), who’re headed to the playoffs after Sunday’s regular-season finale towards the Denver Broncos, Gates claims he’s not washed up.
“I try to evaluate myself,” the 38-year-old Gates mentioned Friday. “I can still beat a linebacker, I really feel like I can still play. The arduous half is I set the bar at a sure degree, however I’ve adjusted to my position and I simply love my teammates, I really like this employees. I’ve realized some new dances. I am simply having a lot enjoyable.
“It’s just beautiful to know that we’re also going to the playoffs already. It’s not like we have to win our last game to get in. We know we are going and this is a special team. At times in my career I took all this for granted. When I came in, we were winning. I know now this takes work. I’m on third base and I’m heading home, but I’m feeling so good about all this.”
The Chargers are second within the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs and presently the fifth seed for the playoffs, however they may find yourself successful the division relying on the end result of this weekend’s video games.
Gates, whose 116 profession landing catches are probably the most for a decent finish in NFL historical past, mentioned he is wholesome regardless of his mileage.
“People also forget that I didn’t play college football so I haven’t taken that wear and tear,” mentioned Gates, who signed a one-year contract when he got here again in May.
“I’ve had to adjust to a role in which I’m not getting 12 or 13 targets a game, play a supporting role, but that’s fine. It’s just beautiful to be in this position. All this hard work. Not just this season but over my career. I just embrace it.”
Gates has 28 receptions for 338 yards and two touchdowns this season.