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Alexander Another Piece of the Puzzle
Danario Alexander’s rise from an injured player rehabbing his hamstring without a team to becoming a key cog in the Chargers passing attack vs. the Chiefs is something to feel good about heading into our second half of the season.
Philip Rivers worked hard during practice the last week to develop chemistry with his new receiver, hoping the duo could connect for something special come game time. That was certainly the case Thursday night, and Alexander says this is only the start of what he plans to do for this team.
“Of course, this is just the beginning,” he said matter-of-factly. “I’m still getting used to the playbook and just being on the same page as Philip. Yesterday was a great testament of what’s been going on. We’ve put a lot of hard work into this thing, and I’m looking forward to just keep moving forward and getting better.”
It hasn’t been an easy path for the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide out, who admitted it’s been a long, bumpy road from the time he was released with an injury by the Rams to where he is today.
“It’s been a lengthy process,” he said. “I’ve been working pretty hard to get my body right, get healthy and get back with a team. When I came here, we practiced pretty tough for a week and then went to the game and played Cleveland, and then we came back and had a practice the next day. So my body’s been through a lot. I played about 37 snaps yesterday. It’s been a pretty tough process, but I’ve been able to step up to the task and am just trying to stay out there and make some good plays.”
That was certainly the case last night as Alexander caught three balls for a team-high 61 yards, including a clutch 30-yard catch and run on a key third down. He ended up turning more than a few heads in the process.
“Alexander made a couple big plays and showed he’s got some ability to help us,” head coach Norv Turner said last night. “I thought Alexander showed that he’s going to be a guy that’s going to be able to give us some plays. He’s a big, fast, physical guy that can go over the middle and can get deep.”
Rivers was equally impressed by his new weapon, saying he’s already reached a comfort level with him.
“Danario was big and he was great,” he said. “He had a third down slant way down in there inside the ten, then a couple more end routes, an out route that got us going. He was good, he was comfortable. It’s just amazing.”
Hopefully, that “amazing” performance was just a glimpse of what’s to come.