When he’s been able to stay healthy, that is.
Numerous knee injuries which required four surgeries caused him to go undrafted in 2010. Coming out of Missouri, he signed with the local St. Louis Rams, but he was once again plagued by injuries. As a result, the Rams released him at the end of training camp last year. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise for both the wide receiver and the San Diego Chargers. Out of football, Alexander sat on his couch each Sunday waiting for an opportunity to show that he was fully healthy and capable of big things. The Bolts gave him that opportunity and he rapidly established himself as a dangerous offensive weapon.
As well as Alexander played last year, he thinks even greater things await him now that he gets to take part in training camp. That’s because even though the team fully embraced him in 2012, he feels like even more a part of the team now.
“It’s definitely a lot better,” he said. “I get to spend a lot more time with the team building chemistry with the guys. Instead of jumping in in the middle, I get to be here from the start and feel like a bigger part of the team. And I love this time of year. I love being a part of the team. I love training camp. But I feel like I’m more of a part of what’s going on this season because I’ve been grinding with the guys all through the offseason and now.”
“The way they’ve embraced me; it feels great,” he said. “It’s great for me to come in midway through the season and after a couple games everybody really rooted for me and got on my side. It’s a great feeling for an athlete to come out and have fans love seeing you play.”
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“We had a pretty good first day,” Alexander said. “Everybody came back ready to play. Philip and I picked up right where we left off. He came back ready to throw the ball and I came back ready to run routes. It feels good out there.”
Listening to Alexander it’s clear that he relishes each and every opportunity he gets to play football.
“I’ve dealt with enough injuries in the past that I don’t take anything for granted,” he said. “It feels good to be on the field for each and every play. I love to get out there and play this game. I love this game. I love playing football and to be out here for training camp for the Chargers, I couldn’t ask for anything else.”