Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Antonio Gates still gets respect

By Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates checks in as the 69th best offensive player in the NFL in our top-100 player project. I think the Chargers would be thrilled if they got production worthy of being the 69th offensive player in the league from Gates.

He is 33 and he has been dealing with injuries for five years. Gates still has ability, but his career may be winding down.

In other AFC West notes:

• In an interesting tweet, ESPN’s Ed Werderreported that the Chiefs want to see more mental toughness from No.1 overall pick Eric Fisher as he plays, despite thumb and shoulder injuries. The right tackle wasn’t very good against the 49ers last week. This is something to keep an eye on this weekend when the Chiefs play at Pittsburgh. Is Fisher's recent play major concern? I doubt. I just think it's part of the process when a player like Fisher goes from playing at Central Michigan to playing in the NFL.

The Chargers have not given up hope second-year player Melvin Ingram, whoe tore his ACL in May, could play late this season. I wouldn’t call his return likely, but it will be interesting to monitor.

• In an Insider piece, KC Joyner thinks there are three AFC West running backs Insider to stay away form in fantasy football.

• The Raiders’ home game against Chicago will not be shown on local television.