The Chargers seemed unfazed by having only three active wide receivers for their Week Nine game, and it didn’t matter in a win over the Chiefs. Two of those receivers, Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu, had been with the team for less than two weeks.
Alexander, who played in 34 offensive snaps and had three catches for 61 yards, does not appear to be leaving the receiver rotation, even when Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal return. Norv Turner confirmed as much when talking to reporters last Friday, saying that Alexander is “going to be a big part of what we do. He earned that right last night.”
We hear that Alexander’s size (6-5, 217 pounds) fits the mold of a receiver Philip Rivers is comfortable with — like he had in past years with the 6-5, 230-pound Vincent Jackson and has with Malcom Floyd (6-5, 225 pounds). One daily team observer called Alexander a “Chargers-style” receiver.
Alexander showed flashes in his first two seasons with the Rams, but couldn’t stay healthy. He did average a solid 16.6 yards on 26 catches last season. Meachem (12 catches for 189 yards) and Royal (13 catches for 98 yards) have not lived up to expectations, and Alexander clearly won over Turner and may be the surprising spark the offense has needed.