Mizzou's Alexander lands NFL job, plays catch-up with Rams

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Four months after the draft when he was injured and ignored, former Missouri star Danario Alexander finally landed with an NFL team.

Now, he's got a new challenge: learning the playbook.

The 6-5, 215-pound Alexander has size the Rams lack at wide receiver to go with sure hands and speed that outran Big 12 defenses in a dazzling senior season. But judging from his first practice on Monday, it might be a while before he's ready for game day.

Alexander was a second-team All-American his senior season with 113 receptions for 1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns, emerging after three surgeries on his left knee. He required a fourth surgery after getting hurt in practice before the Senior Bowl in January and was on crutches at the NFL Combine, leading to a lonely draft experience.

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