50 rec. / 782 yds.
72 rec. / 1,000 yds.
Gates missed six games last season due to foot and toe injuries, but still managed to catch ten touchdowns. Before his injury, Gates was on pace for an exceptional season, perhaps his best ever. Gates still finished with 50 catches for 782 yards and the 10 touchdowns. Gates should be 100 percent when the season begins and getting wide receiver Vincent Jackson back for a full season will help take some of the pressure off Gates. Gates turns 31 in June and his age and injuries might be starting to catch-up with him. But despite his recent ailments, Gates is still the top tight end in the NFL.