I know this news is a few days old, but in the process of working around my broken computer and my addressing the comment in yesterday’s post, I haven’t been able to discuss it until today. The Rams have signed former Mizzou standout wide receiver Danario Alexander to a contract. I know many of you are big Tiger fans, and I know that this move is going over well with most everyone in Rams Nation. As for my take, I love it. Alexander’s upside is off the charts, and he could develop into a legitimate threat at the NFL level. For those of you who are expecting him to be rookie of the year this season, you might want to lower your expectations. Transitioning from college to the NFL as a receiver is supremely difficult, and that’s assuming you have OTAs, training camp, and the preseason to prepare. Alexander will hardly have any of that, so I expect it to take awhile before he is able to contribute to this team.
With that being said, this could be a major move for the organization’s future. It’s pretty obvious that this team is extremely lacking at the position, so bringing in talent is never a bad move. You have to like the future potential of a Sam Bradford, Mardy Gilyard, Danario Alexander trio. Toss in Steven Jackson and Donnie Avery, and you have the makings of what could develop into an exciting offense. This team is still a long way from contending, but I like the steps being taken to make it better. Now, if someone would just address the backup running back issue, we might have something going.
In a related note, the team apparently released Brooks Foster to make room for Alexander on the roster. I hate to see Foster go, as I really thought he had some potential. You have to wonder where he would be if he hadn’t gotten hurt last season, but people get hurt in the NFL. It happens. Good luck to Foster in his future endeavors, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds a home somewhere else rather quickly.