One of the offseason acquisitions of the Arizona Cardinal that I personally am excited about is linebacker and special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander. He was a guest on XTRA 910 the other day on the Bickley and MJ show and talked about several things ranging from his arrival, rushing he passer and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was his teammate in Washington a season ago.
Use the embedded player to hear the interview:
He has been known as pretty much a special teams player thus far in his career. He made the Pro Bowl last season, but that isn't all he wants to do here in Arizona. Part of why he came to Arizona is the scheme. "We definitely want to get after the passer," he said.
He wants to keep improving and get some playing time on defense. While in Washington, he played behind some very, very good players -- Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo. Coming here, he hopes to have the opportunity to do more, "trying to become that every down player, somebody you can count on to make plays, get sacks, get interceptions, get the ball carrier down."
He also discussed how he thrives on special teams. He loves it. It motivates him. He spoke of how he knows he is keyed on by opponents and he just would try to outrun the players tasked with blocking him.
What did he think of Robert Griffin? He loves him and even said that he thinks Griffin will be a Hall of Famer -- he is that good.
Just you wait. You're going to love this guy. My friend said he was the Redskins' best overall player. I won't go that far, but I think he is going to give us a refreshing surprise this year if he gets reps on the defensive side of things. We already know he will be a special teams monster.
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