Lombardi: Best value picks
The best players are drafted in Round 1, but value can be found anywhere. Michael Lombardi presents his top 12 value picks. More ...
"I think that's what makes me excited, coming to prove I'm still one of the elite guys at this position," the 31-year-old tight end said. "That's the challenge for myself ..."
The former college hoops player told the newspaper that he's been playing basketball to stay in shape, in addition to taking part in the team's offseason workout program.
"As you understand this league and you have experience, you understand how important the offseason is, and it definitely pays off dividends throughout the year," Gates said. "The fact that I am participating in the offseason program, coming here and working my tail off with the rest of the guys, that'll pay off throughout the season."