Whoever said, “Home is where you make it,” would have loved Lorenzo Alexander. The man who has been likened to a Swiss Army knife and nicknamed the “One Man Gang,” has played in the league for four years at:
- Two positions on offense
- Four positions on defense
- Is the Redskins special teams ace.
Now the man who has done it all, is doing it again, taking his talents to the inside linebacker position. It should be no surprise that so far, the transition has been pretty easy for Alexander.
“It’s been going great,” he said with a big smile. ”I mean, it’s easy when you have London Fletcher to learn from. He really helped me in the offseason and during player OTA’s.”
“Coming in here, I was a step ahead of the game because I understood the concepts.”
Alexander has worked closely with the coaches this year to expand his versatility at the linebacker position. No matter where the team needs him to line up, he’s ready to take the field.
“I’m gonna continue to do my role, and that’s to to do multiple things,” he said. ”I’ll be at outside, inside, y’know, D-line, and special teams of course. That’s my niche on this team, that’s the role I serve.”
The move from the outside to the inside comes with changes in responsibility and awareness. Alexander explained some of the technical transitions he was facing inside:
“Your eyes, I mean, obviously your keys are gonna be a little bit different,” he said. ”Now you’re working with a safety on the rope front. I could be C-gap or front-side-A, depending on what the run is.”
“You just gotta see a lot more and understand, and I guess concepts. I think my football IQ was shot way up.”
I think mine did too, ‘Zo.
Tomorrow’s game against the Steelers marks the latest opportunity for Alexander to prove his worth out on the field. This is a situation that he’s always embraced.
“Every game is a big game in the aspect of trying to learn something, especially when you’re trying a new position,” he explained. ”We ain’t game-planning, we’re just gonna run our stuff, get that football conditioning, and then go out there and make some plays.”
“It’ll be a good time to go hit somebody for a change, instead of tagging up on our own guys.”
Alexander is captain of the special teams and right in the thick of the competition at linebacker. He’s in a good position to have a solid year for the Redskins.
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