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Green Cherishes Time Spent with Gates

Posted Jul 27, 2014

The third year veteran uses training camp to learn from his fellow teammates, most especially number 85.

Tight end Ladarius Green is looking to capitalize on his sophomore season with the Bolts.

Entering his third training camp, Green is happy to be back on the field and in pads.

“(Training camp) has been going well so far.  There’s a lot of stuff to improve on but it’s still going well right now,” Green said.  “It’s good to get back out there.  It’s a lot different when you put pads on.  Everybody goes a little bit harder, you start hitting a little bit so it takes a little bit of getting used to.”

Within the first few days of training camp, Green has shown why he’s quickly become a fan favorite in San Diego.  With superior hands, he’s made some tremendous catches in 7-on-7 drills, yet trying to become more versatile, the tight end mentioned he’s been working on his blocking.

At 6-6, 240-pounds, Green played in all 16 games last season starting 10 of those contests.  He had 17 receptions for 376 yards averaging just over 22 yards per catch with 3 touchdowns on the season.

Part of why Green enjoys being a Charger is his tight end corps.  Even though he is one of the youngest in the room, Green calls the guys a “big family” citing his fellow teammates are like big brothers to him.

One of these big brothers is veteran tight end Antonio Gates.  Gates missed a majority of the voluntary offseason but number 89 is happy to be back working with 85.

“It’s always good to have Gates back on the field and back in the locker room as well.  He’s a great person in the locker room and on the field he’s a great player.  He always comes and coaches me up, teaches me stuff I don’t know so it’s always good to have him back.”

Whether it’s playing offense or helping out on special teams like he did last season, Green is a team-first player.  When asked about his goals for the year, he mentioned staying healthy is key, but will do anything asked of him to benefit the team.

As for what else he’s been working on this season?  Green once again couldn’t shy away from bringing up his bond with Gates.

“I had to work on route running, getting in and out of routes and trying to perfect that as much as I can, but I’ve got Gates in front of me so (it’s easy to) watch him and try to compare myself to him.”


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