Mid-season hero Danario Alexander will return to Chargers

San Diego Chargers v Denver BroncosThe Chargers gambled last year by signing wide receiver Danario Alexander, and it sure has paid off. Alexander became Philip Rivers #1 target and San Diego’s threat to score mid-way through the 2012-2013 season. He also was a dependable target in big time situations. Which earned trust of not only Philip Rivers, but the coaching staff and players.

Days before the 2013 NFL Draft, Alexander agreed to a one year, $1.323 million dollar contract extension with San Diego.

Now after drafting WR Keenan Allen from the University of California and re-singing Danario Alexander and Malcolm Floyd, and with what seems to be a now healthy Antonio Gates, the Chargers are hoping to help Philip and their whole team come out of a terrible slump. The Chargers would year after year make the playoffs, and over the past two seasons the Chargers have failed to make them. In the first of those two seasons barely pulling out a .50 record or in last years case a losing season. In 2011 they performed worthy for a 8-8 record, in 2012 they performed worthy for a 7-9 record. Both equally disappointing seasons due to the fact that they did not make the playoffs either year.

The Chargers passing game thrives off of Antonio Gates, even more now that Vincent Jackson is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a supporting cast of Robert Meachem, Malcolm Floyd, and Eddie Royal the Chargers had a less than average receiver corp. Meachem could be a great player for the Chargers. However, during the 2012 season, he certainly proved that he was an average player and perfectly fine with that. You could tell the Chargers desperate for a consistent Wide Receiver.

Mid-way through the 2012-2013 season, the Chargers pushed the panic button.

The Chargers turned to Free Agent receiver Danario Alexander.

With just 10 games left in the regular season, he proved that he was the best receiver on the Chargers roster. Alexander had thirty-seven receptions for 658 yards and seven TD’s. The best part of those stats, he did all of that in 10 games, not a full 16 game schedule.

Danario went to college at the University of Missouri. He was a standout receiver for the Tigers during his years there. I grew up a fan of Mizzou and I enjoyed every moment of watching him on Saturdays. As a senior at Missouri he racked up 113 receptions and 1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns.. Yes, you read that correctly. He did all that in one season with the tigers. Most good college receivers even dream about doing that after two or three years. He is a stellar athlete with incredible play-making abilities. From my research, only two active players have ever accomplished the mark of 1,600+ receiving yards in one season. Justin Blackmon (1,782) from the University of Oklahoma State and Larry Fitzgerald (1,672) from the University of Pittsburgh. However, like Keenan Allen, Danario Alexander also had numerous knee problems and surgeries during college. So while he could have easily been a first-round pick. He was originally said to be drafted late in the draft, but ended up undrafted, later signed by the St. Louis Rams.

While with St. Louis, Alexander had 46 receptions, 738 yards, and three touchdowns. He was with them for two years. His career stats are: 83 receptions, 1,395 yards and ten touchdowns. Doing the math, while with the Chargers one year, he had 37 receptions, 658 yards, and seven touchdowns. That is almost as much as he had with St. Louis over two years. While with the Chargers, Alexander showed the NFL Scouts what he could have done had he been drafted in the 2010 Draft.

Head Coach Mike McCoy said this about DAX (Danario Alexander). “When we first got here,– looking at his yards per reception over seventeen yards last year — he did some great things.”

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