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Gates Set to Resume Role as No. 1 Receiver

The Chargers added several offensive weapons this offseason: Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Le'Ron McClain and Dante Rosario. But the player with a shot to lift the offense to a championship level has already been on the roster for almost a decade. That would be Antonio Gates, who will drive the passing attack more than ever before.

When the Chargers lost Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the question arose: Who is Philip Rivers' No. 1 receiver now? Anyone who felt the answer came later that day with the pickup of Robert Meachem clearly has not been following the Chargers closely enough. Antonio Gates has shown he his over the foot injuries that cost him nine games between the 2010-2011 seasons. He played in...

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