Stephen Alexander had more catches Sunday than he’d had all season heading into his team’s 17-13 win at Oakland. It was easily his biggest game in terms of receptions since he joined the Broncos last year.
But while he’s had games like the six-catch, 49-yard effort in his nine-season NFL career, he couldn’t recall the last time he caught passes on three consecutive plays as he did on a drive that bisected the third and fourth quarters and resulted in the Kyle Johnson touchdown that gave Denver the lead for good.
“Oh, gosh, I can’t remember,” Alexander said. “It’s been a while. I can’t remember. It’s been a long time.”
Alexander has long insisted that individual numbers are the most distant concept from his mind. Never has that been more true than after Sunday; he was far more pleased over his team’s win than his most significant individual contribution in the last year and a half.
“I’ve said it from Day One: I could care less about how many catches I have, as long as we’re winning games, that’s the name of the game for me,” he said. “I could care less about catching the ball or not.”
Alexander’s six receptions were part of what amounted to an onslaught from his position, as Nate Jackson added three more grabs for 33 yards. The tight ends had nine catches, while Broncos wide receivers had seven receptions among them and the backs added four more.
“I think four of my catches and a couple of Nate’s were on the same play,” Alexander said. “We kept switching sides and it was a keeper game, and that’s something we worked on all week and we felt like we could take advantage of some things with that.”
Added Head Coach Mike Shanahan: “Sometimes the wide receivers will be there; sometimes the tight ends will be there, it all depends on what they’re doing.”
Sunday, the tight ends did well — providing five receptions for 53 yards on the Broncos’ game-winning drive.
That’s all for Week 10. Time to call it a morning after the overnight, postgame work, culled while NFL Network’s highlight show airs in the background … and if I hear Deion Sanders yell “Run, Willie, Run!” once more over the highlights of Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker-fueled 38-31 win over the Saints, I’m going to take my chair and do this. (Wait until about 34 seconds into the video.)
Anyhow, talk to you later today. Shanahan has his press conference at 1:30 p.m. MST, and we’ll have the video on this site as the Broncos begin one of their more crucial weeks of the season.
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