Gates' status was a game-time decision against the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener, but he ultimately played in 52 snaps for the Chargers, finishing with six catches for 81 yards. Gates was targeted a team-high 10 times.
Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich was asked if he considered limiting Gates’ reps because of the hamstring issue against the Cardinals. But like head coach Mike McCoy, Reich viewed Gates as fully healthy once he told the trainers and the coaching staff he could play.
Reich also said he views Gates as one of his main guys on offense, and wanted to get him going early in the season.
“My thinking has been [that] players know their bodies better than we do,” Reich said. “And Antonio’s been around. He’s not a shy guy. And I know he’s a tough guy. And if he felt like [he could play], he was going to try and play.
“But we felt like during the course of the game he was holding up well, and was into it. He made a couple plays, and we were just trying to get the most out of him.”