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In Cunningham's view, Gates, a Detroit native, is not the athlete he used to be, while Jackson...

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In Cunningham's view, Gates, a Detroit native, is not the athlete he used to be, while Jackson pushes off on every play. "(Philip) Rivers (San Diego quarterback) looks for them all the time," Cunningham said. "Gates, he's not doing the things he did five, six-years ago, but he's gotten a lot smarter. His routes are exceptional. He sets you up. If a young guy covers him, you're in trouble. He knows exactly what he's doing and the quarterback feels him. "Jackson is outstanding down the field. I saw a couple of shots on tape where Rivers misfires a little bit and he's telling him where to throw the ball. At the end of the route the ball sailed a little bit. He's a good player. He's strong. He pushes off every play. Somebody is going to call it. It's kind of interesting because I used to coach for the (Kansas City) Chiefs and I watched them and it looked like it was a wrestling match, not a coverage unit back there. They beat him up pretty good. We'll see what we can do."

Detroit Lions' Gunther Cunningham says Chargers' Antonio Gates not same athlete, but is smarter | MLive.com
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