Jets’ Kwon Alexander not just eyeing Pro Bowl but All-Pro

Jets’ Kwon Alexander not just eyeing Pro Bowl but All-Pro

Ahmad Gardner already has the nickname “Sauce,” however Kwon Alexander has introduced his personal swagger and power to Jets coaching camp.

Alexander donned a gotham inexperienced visor at observe on Wednesday, simply two weeks after Gang Inexperienced signed the veteran linebacker to a one-year deal. Regardless of his late begin, the 2017 Professional-Bowler nonetheless has sky-high expectations for himself this upcoming season.

“Professional Bowl is cool, however I’m attempting to be All-Professional,” Alexander stated. “[I’m] attempting to alter my entire sport, you already know, put all of it collectively this 12 months.”

It was exhausting to overlook Alexander at observe — and exhausting to not hear him, for that matter. When he wasn’t taking reps, predominantly with the first-string gamers, the 28-year-old might be seen dancing on the sideline, hyping up his teammates and administering excessive fives to only about anybody he may get his palms on.

“I identical to getting guys going,” Alexander stated after the observe. “Our job is tough. I simply need guys to go on the market and have enjoyable and really feel like they’re a child once more.”

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Although the latest addition to the Jets’ linebacker room, Alexander has already cemented himself as one of many leaders of the group. He has created a novel handshake with every fellow linebacker on the roster and moreover has taken Jamien Sherwood and Hamsah Nasirildeen — each 2021 draft picks who’re being transformed to linebacker after enjoying security in faculty — underneath his wing.

“That’s a distinct place, coming from security to linebacker, so after observe and stuff like that we’re engaged on various things to get their eyes proper and motion,” Alexander stated of the pair. “They’re coming alongside nicely, they’ve been working and grinding.”

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Alexander presently sits behind Marcell Harris for the beginning weakside linebacker function on the Jets’ unofficial depth chart, although he may simply attain the beginning spot with robust preseason play. In 12 video games for the Saints final 12 months — eight of which he began — Alexander had 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception.

Whereas the battle for the ultimate beginning linebacker spot alongside C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams stays closely contested, it doesn’t appear that manner judging by Alexander’s supportive demeanor. Moments after Nasirildeen broke up a go thrown by Joe Flacco, Alexander was the primary to hurry over and hug his teammate.

“When guys make good performs you go on the market and have a good time, that’s a giant factor about our room,” Alexander stated. “Be sure the large performs are seen.”

For now, Alexander is simply comfortable to as soon as once more be enjoying the game he loves.

“It’s gonna be a enjoyable 12 months,” he stated, “and we’re going to be on the market having plenty of enjoyable.”

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