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San Diego Chargers: Danario Alexander Will Make The Pro Bowl In 2013

Danario Alexander San Diego Chargers

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers signed former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander last year. Alexander played in 10 games and was tied for San Diego’s lead in touchdown receptions, ranking second on the team in receiving yards.

Alexander had four knee surgeries since 2010, but if he stays healthy, I believe that he will make the Pro Bowl in 2013. Alexander was tied for eighth in the AFC with seven touchdown receptions, and his 66 receiving yards per game is ranked 10th in the conference.

The former Missouri Tigers WR finished his 2012 season with 37 receptions, 658 receiving yards and seven TD receptions. Alexander ranked third in the NFL with an average of 17.8 yards per reception.

If he played in all 16 games, he would be on pace for 59 receptions, 1,053 receiving yards and 11 TD receptions. Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker would have been the only WR in the AFC with more receiving yards and TD receptions based on those numbers.

Alexander started seven games with the Chargers last year, and a starting job at WR in 2013 is his to lose. He was one of a few bright spots for San Diego at WR along with Malcom Floyd. San Diego’s front office got a steal when he played for $540,000 last year and if he stays healthy again, I believe they will have him for a great bargain at $1.3 million in 2013.

Alexander developed chemistry with Chargers QB Philip Rivers last year, and one can only imaging how bad San Diego’s receiving game would have been without him. San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards and their 10.7 yards per reception is ranked 30th out of 32 teams.

If Alexander stays healthy for most of 2013, there should be no reason why he will not improve because the rushing attack should be better, which will take pressure away from him and all of San Diego’s receivers.