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Antonio Gates a 'Zen Master in the Room'

Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Final score: LAC 32 vs BUF 20

Tight end Virgil Green was Tuesday's guest on the third episode of the Backstage: Chargers Podcast presented by Toyota.

The conversation took place roughly 24 hours before the Chargers' 31-20 win in Buffalo – a game in which Green caught three passes for 55 yards. Among the topics: pregame routines, NBA 2K, music interests, playing with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, and more. Highlights are below:

The addition of Antonio Gates to the tight ends room:

"You feel like you got another teacher; you got the Zen Master in the room. Any questions we have, we ask. 'What are you thinking when you see this look?' and he knows everything. And not only does he know what he's seeing out there, he knows what Phil sees out there because the chemistry that they've had over the years is … you're not going to find that too many other places. So, he kind of lets us know what Phil is thinking, and it's just great to hear his mind and we've kind of started trying to add some of the things he does to our routes."

On what makes Rams cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib – his former teammate in Denver – so tough to play against:

"Well, I know speaking for Aqib, I've watched him work in practice and the amount of film he watches – he spends a lot of time watching film. When we were in Denver, he led those corners. (He) made them –  'Let's get in here and watch film,' so they would know and understand what was happening and what was coming. So, I think for those guys just watching film and trusting your technique. If you ever watch Aqib play especially, his technique is sound. He has great technique and he plays hard. He's a competitor, too. He wants to win and I think that's what separates him from a lot of the other corners in the league."

What the 2018 Chargers are capable of becoming:

"I think we can push. Obviously, like we've talked about today, you got a quarterback that can lead the ship. You got the pieces he needs around him. The defense is – they have amazing potential and we don't even have one of the best players out there right now (defensive end Joey Bosa). Special teams: Young guys are buying in. They work hard. I feel like this team has the discipline and the competitive nature to compete if we can get to that point."

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