San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander opted for surgery to repair his ACL on his right knee, the same knee that forced him out for the 2013 season. The news deals a big blow Mike McCoy‘s fluid roster of receivers.
Though Keenan Allen is the undoubtedly No. 1 receiver, the rest of the wide receivers aren’t as consistent as Allen’s play. Malcom Floyd’s neck injury early in the season raises doubts on his ability to make spectacular catches as he once did early in his career with Philip Rivers.
Vincent Brown is still under contract, but hasn’t found the rhythm in McCoy’s system. His mental mistakes have cost him time in the huddle. Seyi Ajirotutu’s limited snaps with the first team aren’t enough to warrant him over Brown yet. Eddie Royal had one great game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but then fell back to Earth. Once Allen started to break out, Royal saw less time in the huddle as well.
If Alexander were to miss 2014, then he would have missed two full years in the NFL, having last seen action in 2012, statistically his best year as a pro with 37 receptions, 658 yards and seven touchdowns.
Alexander would have had a chance to shine with the offense because of his height and speed. Rivers is easily able to chuck the ball in his vicinity and trust Alexander can go get it. With the impending release of Royal, the Chargers need reliable, stellar talent to complement Allen. Alexander could be one of those guys, but his injury lessens his opportunity for the Chargers’ staff to take a chance on him.
Signs are pointing that the Chargers are going to find a cheaper alternative than signing the injured Alexander.