This Patriots offseason has not been lacking in headlines and major storylines; but one name that has not seemed to surface with any real relevance is Danario Alexander. I wrote earlier in the month on the wideout's potential availability, and why I think he is a player the team should go after.
And that was BEFORE the Patriot's released their primary outside receiving threat in Brandon Lloyd. Now, a few weeks later, our current receiving corps consists of Amendola, Donald Jones, and Michael "Molasses Mike" Jenkins. While I trust that Bill won't allow the team to enter the season with those guys as the backbone, the question that begs asking at this point is: What about Danario?
|Alexander had 37 catches last year with 7 touchdowns|
There was speculation that the Patriot's were planning on giving an offer sheet to Pittsburgh restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. In order to acquire him, the Patriots would have to give up a third round pick. While I think Sanders is an okay receiver, I think he is a bit overrated and I do not think the team should give up a third rounder for him. I would much rather see them go after Alexander. While he is a restricted free agent, the Patriots could acquire him without giving up a pick. They would have until April 19th to do it.
But Alexander has not been linked to the Pats beyond vague speculation, and it is a bit puzzling to me. He is a big, physical receiver who could diversify the Patriots offense. While it has been amongst the best offenses in the league for many years now, in big games it has become predictable and stagnant. When was the last time you can remember Brady being able to throw to a guy who could both out-muscle and out-jump his defender? Standing at 6'5", 217 pounds, Alexander is capable of doing that.
Alexander came on strong at the end of last year, quickly becoming Philip Rivers favorite target and hauling in TD catches. After being offered the lowest possible tender by the Chargers, Alexander could come to New England for great value. And we all know how much the Patriots like getting players at a good price. Alexander does have a tough history of knee problems; but he looked to be at full strength when he was on the field last season. Furthermore, the Patriots apparently don't seem to mind taking a risk on an injury-prone receiver (Amendola).
So maybe Bill and Bob have something up their sleeve to address the current hole that exists at the receiver position. I hope so. And I hope it involves Danario.