Signed by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, Lorenzo Alexander has developed into one of the defensive leaders’ that the younger Bills players have followed. Before his journey began with the Bills, Alexander was a member of the Washington Redskins for 6 seasons and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He then signed with the Arizona Cardinals for two seasons before heading to the Raiders for one year, then coming out to Western New York.
He had his breakout season in 2016 with the Bills. The original plan was to have Alexander on the roster as a veteran for special teams. Alexander proved he was much more than that. He finished 2016 with 50 tackles, 1 interception, 6 passes batted down, 3 forced fumbles and tied for third-most in the league with 12.5 sacks. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for a second time in his career.
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With Alexander turning 35 this past offseason, and with McDermott bringing in more depth on the defense, Alexander’s playing time may reduce. He’ll still be recognized as one of the teams’ leaders, but this is a young man’s game and once players hit a certain age, production takes its toll.
He might be seen more on special teams rather than defensive play, but he will still be getting his reps. He will be able to continue to provide pressure on opposing QB’s but his role should limited. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that the team may look to move on from him unless he has himself an all-star season.
2018 Season Projections:
40 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.