When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Chargers Thursday night in San Diego on national TV, there could be a familiar face to the fans suiting up for the home team.
Former Missouri star WR Danario Alexander signed with the Chargers on October 22 but could be pushed into action this week. With San Diego receivers Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal both dealing with injuries, only Malcom Floyd, Seyi Ajirotutu and Alexander were able to practice fully Tuesday.
Alexander led the NCAA in receiving yards as a senior at Missouri, but went undrafted due to concerns about his surgically repaired knee. He signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010, where he played the next two seasons before being cut before this season. He landed with the Chargers after they released K Nate Kaeding.
In 18 games with the Rams, Alexander caught 46 passes for 737 yards, and showed glimpses of the big play ability he had in college with three catches over more than 40 yards.
Though he was active for the Chargers last week, he didn’t see much action, something that could change Thursday night. An increased role would be just fine with Alexander.
“I’m feeling really comfortable now,” Alexander said this week. “I mean, I felt like I could have contributed more last week if the situation arose, but now I feel even more so. Going through the whole playbook again and seeing it twice gave me a good feeling. And what I’ve been able to do on the practice field the past few days has me feeling really comfortable in this offense right now.”
I’d feel pretty comfortable right now too if I were a receiver ready to take on the Chiefs secondary. The last two weeks Denarius Moore, Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood have torched the Kansas City defense, giving Alexander and the rest of the battered Chargers offense reason for optimism even playing shorthanded with a quick turnaround.