ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 13: Danario Alexander #84 of the St. Louis Rams gets tackled by Adrian Moten #57, Joe Lefeged #35 and Cornelius Brown #39 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL preseason game at Edward Jones Dome on August 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Colts 33-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Danario Alexander might be the beneficiary of the St. Louis Rams' wide receiver problems on Monday Night Football vs. the New York Giants.
A week after being inactive for the St. Louis Rams' opener, and a month after nearly being left off the roster, the Rams' Great Mizzou Hope will get his best chance of the year to reinsert himself into their long-term plans—Danario Alexander figures to see some targets on Monday Night Football with injured stalwart Danny Amendola and rookie wide receiver Austin Pettis both inactive against the New York Giants. If Alexander and his balky knee can't make a difference here, with two receivers ahead of him off the depth chart and Steven Jackson unable to play, he's unlikely to have much of a future in the organization when Mark Clayton comes back.
When healthy, Alexander is the most dangerous receiving option the Rams have; he stormed onto the active roster in Week 6 last season and caught four balls for 72 yards and a touchdown, and reached 90 yards twice in his last four games. Unfortunately, it's impossible to count on his left knee—repaired surgically no fewer than five times—even from game to game.
With Pettis and Amendola out of the picture and Greg Salas and Lance Kendricks still smarting from their drops last Sunday, now's Alexander's chance to flash his potential once more. After all: Danny Amendola's due back sooner than anyone thought, and Mark Clayton sooner than he might like.