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Seriously, how good is this guy? Everyone talks about his division rival, Luke Kuechly. Nobody, however, gives the attention to Kwon Alexander. To be fair, part of that has to do with the small body of work for Alexander. Two years puts him only at the beginning of his career. He did have that unfortunate suspension to start things off. Be that as it may, the world better catch up with this guy really quick.
As a rookie, though he played in just 12 games, he managed 93 tackles, nine passes defended, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions. Last season, he followed that up with 145 tackles, three more sacks, one forced fumble, one recovery, seven passes defended and an interception (returned for a touchdown). His tackles tied him for fourth in the league with Sean Lee from the Cowboys.
Alexander earns his spot because of how he is always there, no matter what. He doesn’t take a play off, even when things in his life would justify it. Remember when he lost his brother during that rookie year? His ensuing performance against the Atlanta Falcons was simply remarkable. It was reminiscent of Brett Favre‘s performance after his father died, but this was more impressive. Most of what Alexander did he had to do on his own, while Favre needed help from his teammates.