On Tuesday, the San Diego Chargers suffered a major loss this season when Danario Alexander tore his ACL. The wide receiver collided with cornerback Shareece Wright and first appeared to only have a minor injury. After later examinations, it was revealed that Alexander tore his ACL and would be out for the entire season.
Danario Alexander (J. Meric/Getty Images)
Losing Alexander is a major loss for the Chargers because quite frankly, he was best target Phillip Rivers had last season. In ten games, he recorded 37 receptions, 658 yards and 7 touchdowns. Alexander came out of nowhere last season to provide some serious offense to a team that really needed it. This year, Alexander was expected to play at an even higher level and become a consistent number one option for Rivers.
However, this injury is not much of a surprise. Although he has only been in the NFL for a few seasons, Alexander is known as an injury prone player. The biggest concern people had for Alexander this season was not that he would play under his potential, but that he would get injured and miss games. Turns out, people were right to be concerned. Alexander’s constant injury problems were a major reason as to why he wasn’t even on a team until the Chargers signed him midseason last year.
Now that Alexander is gone, the Bolts need to figure out how they can replace him. One option they have would be to bring in a wide receiver out of free agency. Three veterans available still are Brandon Lloyd, Terrell Owens, and Chad Ochocinco. While Owens and Ochocinco seem ridiculous to even discuss, any of these receivers could come in and help the team for a low price. Lloyd would obviously be the best option as he doesn’t have a huge personality, but his recent stint in New England was concerning.
Vincent Brown (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today)
For the time being it looks like the Chargers are going to stick with the receivers they have on the roster. Losing Alexander is crucial, but two new receivers are coming into the rotation. Vincent Brown spent all of last season on the sideline with a broken ankle. Before the injury, he was expected to have a breakout season like Alexander did. In an ideal world, Brown will be this year’s Alexander. San Diego also used their third round pick on Keenan Allen. Allen was great in college and would have been drafted higher if he didn’t get hurt in his last year. Taking him in third round could be the steal of the draft because Allen could play at a high level from week one if he is fully recovered. This means that the Chargers may have lost Alexander, but they added two young players with tons of potential. If both play well this season, this wide receiver “problem” may turn into one the better wide out duos for years to come.
Yes, losing Alexander is by no means a good thing for San Diego. But it doesn’t mean that the Chargers need to throw in the towel just yet. They still can sign a veteran player if they feel the need, but more importantly they have young talent just waiting for the chance to prove themselves.
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