San Diego Chargers Offseason Position Needs Part 3: Tight End

April 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

While usually lost among higher profile positions, strong play from the tight end has become a team staple within the San Diego Chargers offense.
It begins with one of the game’s elite receiving threats at the position in Antonio Gates.  Across the past six years he has averaged 76 catches for 972 yards.  Despite an increased focus on the wide receiver position, Gates still posted the highest yardage total of his career in 2009.
After the departure of mainstay blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, Kris Wilson will step into the backup role.  Wilson is far more versatile than Manumaleuna, a quicker player who can line up as a tight end, H-back, or even fullback.  He has better hands and good speed at the position.
He is however, relatively small for a tight end.  For his size he is a good blocker, but at 6’2’’ 245 he is not going to be the goal-line force Manumaleuna was, which makes the team limited from a "power" persp...

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