NFL San Diego Chargers

Danario Alexander Will Have A Big Season For San Diego Chargers If He Stays Healthy

Danario Alexander San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers signed Danario Alexander on October 18, 2012 after he was released by the St. Louis Rams. In 10 games, Alexander had 37 receptions, 658 yards and seven touchdown receptions.

Alexander ranked first on San Diego’s roster in receiving yards per game, yards per reception and TD receptions, while he ranked second in receiving yards and fifth in receptions. Alexander averaged 17.8 yards per reception which ranked third in the NFL, and ranked 22nd in receiving yards per game.

When Alexander played for the Missouri Tigers, he had three knee surgeries and had another since then, which cost him games and led to his release.

Alexander was on pace for 59 receptions, 1,053 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions last year, so he could build on this heading into the 2013 season. His most productive game was against the Denver Broncos when he had seven receptions, 96 receiving yards and two TD receptions.

San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception last season, so they lacked depth at the receiver position and would have been one of the worst receiving teams without Alexander.

Alexander was re-signed to a one year deal during the off-season, so this is a contract year for him and at 24-years-old, he could have a bright future with an NFL team should he stay healthy. If Alexander stays on the field in 2013, I expect him to have a big season because Ryan Mathews should bounce back, which will open up more opportunities with the threat of a rushing attack.

San Diego was fortunate to get Alexander back in 2013 because he was signed to a one year tender worth $1.3 million, and this was cheap considering his production last season. There will be pressure on Alexander to at least match his production in 2012, but he is capable of doing this and will have an opportunity to be a starter heading into the season.