Buccaneers defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier might have let the cat out of the bag Thursday.
Rookie Kwon Alexander will have green dot on his helmet and call defensive plays Sunday – maybe.
Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“We’re going to leave it with Kwon to begin with,” Frazier said. “I should take that back – we’re going to be talking about that over the next 48 hours, but right now that’s the plan. He did a good job with it in the preseason.”
Although he’s just a rookie, Alexander earned the trust of coaches after an impressive offseason, dating back to OTAs. During the preseason he won the job at middle linebacker and continued to progress, leaving enough evidence to show he’s a player on the rise.
“Based on what Kwon Alexander has done through training camp and the preseason games once we inserted him into the lineup, we’re excited to see him play,” Frazier said. “There are going to be some ups and downs for sure but we think, over time, during the course of the game and this season, he’ll just get better and better.”
Of course, it’s not like Alexander will be alone on the field. Part of the Bucs comfort level comes from the fact that he’ll be surrounded by two veteran linebackers who can help his transition to becoming the quarterback of the defense.
“With Lavonte out there and Danny out there, those guys will be giving him support along with the rest of the guys around him,” Frazier said. “But we’re confident that he’s going to do a good job for us. Again, he’ll just get better as time goes on.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he’s handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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