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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Where Are They Now: Danario Alexander

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Alexander in his days as a Tiger.
  • Alexander in his days as a Tiger.
One of my very favorite players for the Rams over the past couple of years was wide receiver Danario Alexander. DX, as he preferred to be called (though nicknames always feel a little forced when a guy enters the league with one), was the most explosive target the Rams possessed, capable of going downfield or fighting for tough yards underneath with equal aplomb. 

He also just happens to be an alumni of the University of Missouri, meaning I've been following him for quite a few years now, and there are probably at least a few of you out there who did so too. 

If that's the case, you just might be wondering where ol' DX is keeping himself these days. Well, I'm glad you asked. 

Alexander is currently playing for the San Diego Chargers, and the story for the 2012 version of DX has been much like the rest of his career: when he's on the field, the guy is a monster. Problem is, he's just not on the field all that much. 

Alexander has played in the last four games for the Chargers, though in his first game of the season he didn't record any stats. The last three weeks, though, it's been all vintage Danario, all the time. Yesterday, in a losing cause against the Denver Broncos, DX caught 7 passes for 96 yards, with a pair of those catches going for touchdowns. That followed an even bigger performance the week before, when he torched the Buccaneers for 134 yards on just 5 catches, an average of almost 27 yards per catch. 

For the year, Alexander has 15 catches on 22 targets for 291 yards. Three of those catches have gone for scores. Averaging 19.4 yards per catch is downright remarkable, even in an offense as explosive as that of the Chargers. Danario Alexander is a monstrous physical talent, plain and simple. 

The downside? Well, that four game number is the only real downside for Alexander, and the same story we all became so accustomed to here in St. Louis. If the guy could ever stay on the field for a full season, god only knows what kind of a stat line he could put together. The chances of that ever happening, though, just don't appear to be particularly good. It's a shame, too; even in some other uniform I can't help but root for the kid from Mizzou. Plus, this is a guy who physically is pretty comparable to a guy named Calvin Johnson you may have heard of from time to time. 

Bottom line, you want to see this guy play. Period. He's worth the price of admission. Even if that price is usually expressed in terms of doctor bills. 

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