Chargers GM says Antonio Gates is ‘natural fit’ after Hunter Henry injury

Tight end Antonio Gates’ potential return to the Chargers makes so much sense, even the team’s general manager admits it’s a natural fit.

That means veteran quarterback Philip Rivers might not be the only one who wants the veteran tight end back after top TE Hunter Henry’s season-ending ACL injury.

The bottom line, though, is that no one will duplicate what Henry, 23, brings to the attack. He’s a major loss for the Chargers, and, as NFL.com notes, almost any solution feels like a patch.

The newest Redskins quarterback has seen the good, the bad and the ugly during the first 13 years of his career. There were enormous expectations as the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, but Smith never seemed to get fully settled in with San Francisco. He played under three coaches and six coordinators in seven years with the 49ers and, when the team reached the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, Smith watched from the bench as Colin Kaepernick directed the offense.

The organization then handed the keys to Kaepernick and traded Smith to Kansas City, where he played five seasons before he was dealt to Washington and replaced by Patrick Mahomes.

Davis, who was a teammate of Smith’s in San Francisco from 2006-12, believes all those trials and tribulations have prepared Smith for this moment.

You can tell by an individuals’ scars, right? Davis explained. Based on their scars, that’s how they’re able to be successful. That’s why they’re successful, based on the scars that they have. Alex has been through so much. So many ups and downs. So many scars. So many offensive coordinators. Being traded from San Francisco. A lot of scars. The reason he’s successful is not by accident. It’s supposed to be. It’s inevitable.

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