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NFL San Diego Chargers

Danario Alexander is one of the few bright spots for the San Diego Chargers

Danario Alexander San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers looked as though they were on their way to making the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 NFL season when they started off with a 3-1 record this year.

The Chargers are 1-7 in their last eight games and they are one loss away or one win by the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals from being eliminated from playoff contention.

Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander has been one of the few bright spots for San Diego this season.

Alexander ranks fourth in the NFL with an average of 18 yards per reception and his 77.8 receiving yards per game ranks 11th in the league.

Alexander signed a one year deal worth $540,000 on October 18, 2012.  The 24 year old has been impressive with San Diego and is earning a spot for next year if he wants to return.

Alexander is the only young guy on San Diego’s roster who is a factor at WR, so this also bodes well for his future with the team.  If Alexander continues to produce, one has to believe that San Diego will try to bring him back.

Robert Meachem has been terrible this season because he is averaging a career low 18.8 receiving yards per game.  San Diego gave Meachem a four year deal worth $25.9 million during the off-season.

San Diego should think about releasing Meachem and re-signing Alexander.  Antonio Gates is slowing down as well because he is having one of the worst seasons in his career.

Alexander should be a part of San Diego’s future, but only time will tell if he continues to come up big.