Antonio Gates has reportedly looked "quick and fit" during Chargers OTAs and minicamp.
Speed and elusiveness has certainly been an issue of late for Gates, who has battled foot problems. Over the last two years, he's averaging just 4.0 catches for 47.0 yards per game, serving mostly as a strict red-zone threat. Projecting players to reverse their career arc in their age-33 season is asking for trouble. Despite scoring at least seven touchdowns in nine straight seasons, Gates is our No. 15 fantasy tight end right now.
In every off-season for the past 3 years I have been duped into the hype around Gates being "healthy" and looking "quick". Yet, in the games I've seen, he looks slow as molasses every play. Basically he's out there boxing guys out and using body position to make catches. He has no more wheels, he has no more moves. He doesn't even look like he can jump any more when I watched him last year.
As I have said in a few other threads this off-season, I am 100% not drafting Antonio Gates this year. Instead of a cheatsheet, I might even just show up to the draft with a piece of paper with 2 sentences written on it: "Do Not Draft Antonio Gates" and "Do Not Draft Michael Vick".