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Gates Says There is Some Good in Being Locked Out

Chargers TE Antonio Gates spoke to Pro Football Weekly, and says that while he’s missing seeing the coaches and fellow players, the lockout could be helping in terms of health and for the veteran club.

In an interview with PFW, Gates said that while he misses seeing his coaches and going to the Chargers’ facility, the lockout might have worked in his favor this offseason.

“The end of last season was tough, but this lockout has kind of been helpful for me, because it’s allowed me more time to rehab and get treatment,” Gates said. “So I’m feeling really good now.

“The lockout has allowed me to spend more time with my kids and my family, which is nice.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler also has been present at the team’s players-only workouts in San Diego, organized by QB Philip Rivers(notes). With free agency still on the to-do list, the team doesn’t know who will be on the roster next season. Still, the tight end thinks the squad will be ready to go whenever the lockout does end.

“We’ve had a few workouts here, where we are just trying to stay in shape and be ready for whenever the season does start,” Gates said. “We have so many veteran guys on this team that we’re just picking up where we left off kind of.”

Considering San Diego had the league’s top-ranked offense last season, that could be another lockout benefit to Gates and the Chargers.

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