Antonio Gates Poised for Big Year
No one has set the bar higher than Antonio Gates. As the most dominant tight end in the league over the last eight years, he set lofty goals for himself to reach each and every season. However, over the last few seasons, Gates has been hampered by injuries to his lower legs and feet, which limited his abilities on the field. Antonio is an overachiever. And now that the he is joined by Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham as premiere tight ends in football, he has his sights set on proving himself all over again.
"I've got something to prove," gates reiterated. "It bothered me at one point because I couldn't show it because of my physical (injury). People don't care at the end of the day. This year I just want to come out and do what I'm capable of doing."
Most drafting in their respective fantasy leagues shy away from the oft injured tight end, opting for Gronkowski, Graham, Aaron Hernandez and Jermichael Finley. However, those who took the risk in snagging Gates will almost certainly be rewarded. With everything to prove and a quarterback who favors him in the red zone, Antonio will almost certainly bounce back in 2012.
Add to the equation the lack of established wideouts to account for red zone targets, Gates will be using his post-up game to out muscle defensive backs in the end zone. With Ryan Matthews expected to miss at least Week 1, we should see Gates immediate impact on Monday Night Football.