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Redskins’ Lorenzo Alexander a force when ball is kicked
That understanding comes from watching film. Where fans might see 11 guys chasing the guy with the ball, Alexander sees a blocking scheme that can be conquered.
Want to get technical about kickoff coverage? Alexander is more than willing.
“You’ve got to understand who’s blocking you,” he said. “If the guard is blocking you, it’s going to be a middle return. If the tackle comes across my face, I know the ball is going away, so then I’ve got to squeeze a lot more. If I know it’s a bloop kick, I’m squeezing right now to the ball.”
So it’s no coincidence that he led the Redskins last season with 20 special teams tackles, 13 of which were solo.
“He’ll not only beat you with his physical skills, but he’ll outprepare you as well,” Smith said. “When you get that combination, you’re special.”
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