Former St. Louis Ram Danario Alexander was an integral part of the San Diego Chargers offense on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs and will likely continue to be important to the Chargers passing attack as the season goes on.
Alexander finished his evening with three catches for 61 yards. Quarterback Philip Rivers targeted him only three times but the fact that each of those targets resulted in a catch is a great sign for the young receiver.
His job for the rest of the season is to replace Vincent Jackson, who left for Tampa Bay during the offseason. He provides a versatile threat to compliment Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd, as well as another target for Rivers.
Alexander's issue throughout his career has been his health, which is why it took him so long for a team to sign him this season. He looked healthy on Thursday night, and with the Chargers needing better production out of the passing game, there will likely see a run on Alexander from fantasy owners in the coming week.
But don't expect him to be the main receiver in San Diego. Rivers will still likely go to Gates first, then Floyd or one of the running backs out of the backfield, whether it's Ryan Matthews or Ronnie Brown. But as Rivers goes through his progressions and sees Alexander open, he will likely find him.
As the season goes on, Alexander will also get a few plays designed with him in mind. What will also help him is the fact that he will be covered primarily by a team's second- or even third-best cornerback. With his size coming in at 6'5" 217 lbs, Alexander is a big target that would be tough for corners to cover.
His size also helps him in the red zone, where Rivers will likely target him the most, especially when Gates is covered.
Picking up Alexander would be a very low-risk, high-reward gamble. If he produces for you, he will likely produce big, which the Chargers will need him to do. He's worth a pickup on the waiver wire, but be wary about his injury history.