Former Missouri WR Danario Alexander went undrafted and then without a team until the end of August due to his injury history, but he has found a home with the St. Louis Rams, the team the Kansas City Chiefs will face Sunday. Even though he was held without a catch last week against the Saints, Alexander is a big part of the Rams offense, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“There were a couple of shots in there that were supposed to go to him,” (Rams head coach Steve) Spagnuolo said. “I know one specifically we got sacked on.”
That occurred midway through the second quarter, with the Rams trailing 14-3. Alexander was streaking down the left sideline and seemed to have some separation, but quarterback Sam Bradford was stripped of the ball as he cocked his arm.
Alexander had no catches just two weeks after piling up 95 yards on four receptions at Denver and a week after catching two balls for 20 yards at Arizona.
“We had a game plan set for me” vs. the Saints, Alexander said Monday. “We had plays set for me to go deep. But we just couldn’t get the ball off. That was basically the main problem.”
Alexander acknowledged becoming antsy as he awaited an opportunity.
“Being a competitor, you want to try to get the ball as much as possible, try to make plays to help your team win,” he said. “When that doesn’t happen, you get a little frustrated. But you’ve got to be patient and just got to keep going with it.”
Back when Alexander was working out, looking for a team I wondered why the Chiefs didn’t take a flier on a kid that dominated in their backyard. Now that he is coming into his own in St. Louis I’m still curious how he never got a look in Kansas City.
Todd Haley liked Jeremy Horne (on the practice squad after spending time on the active roster) and is now excited about Verran Tucker, but Alexander is more explosive than either of those players. The only issue with Alexander, as it has always been, is his ability to stay healthy.
When he has been able to get on the field, Alexander has had catches of 38 and 45 yards with both helping Kansas City grab a lead in the AFC West. Those big plays came in wins over the Chargers and Broncos, respectively.
The Chiefs will have to hope that Brandon Flowers is all the way back from his hamstring injury, because any time he is matched up with Alexander he will have to do a lot of running.