News: With Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the season, Green will have a chance to prove that he's the Chargers' tight end of the future, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: This is the third consecutive offseason in which Green has been hyped as a breakout candidate, but with Antonio Gates finally out of the way, at least temporarily, the 25-year-old actually has an easy path to consistent snaps this time. It remains to be seen whether Green can turn his excellent physical traits into solid production, and even if he does, there's some chance the stats will dry up once Gates returns.
News: Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Impact: With the suspension of Gates, the Chargers will look to Ladarius Green and David Johnson to fill the TE void at the onset of the season. Gates' value will take a hit come draft day, but his 12 touchdowns and 821 receiving yards from last season proves that he can still be a legitimate pick in the final rounds of standard-sized leagues for the upcoming campaign. The first opportunity for the veteran to make his 2015 debut comes against the Steelers on Oct. 12.
News: Gates was suspended without pay Thursday for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Impact: The NFL said in a statement that Gates can participate in training camp and preseason games. He will be able to return to the team's active roster after the Chargers' Oct. 4 game against the Cleveland Browns. Gates issued a statement through the team apologizing to the Chargers, his teammates, fans and fantasy owners.