GREEN BAY – Rookie receivers Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure already have enough challenges ahead of them. The expectations that come with replacing former Packers receiver Davante Adams, staying in Aaron Rodgers’ good graces, and just the natural challenges that come with rookie life in the NFL are only the start.
Add Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander to the list of upcoming challenges, as well.
Alexander was recently signed to a massive contract and he has both Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro nods on his resumé, so he knows how to have success in the NFL.
A lot of that comes from the innate intensity within himself, but it’s also because he had to line up across from Adams for the first four years of his career.
As we all know, Adams is arguably the best receiver in the NFL. Going against him really honed in Alexander’s game and allowed Alexander to take it to the next level.
Now, he’s going to use that experience to help sharpen the Packers’ rookie receivers -and the other receivers, in general- in order to get them as ready as possible for the upcoming season.
And Alexander doesn’t plan on giving anyone even the slightest of breaks along the way.
“Yea, definitely,” Alexander told reporters when asked if he was going to provide the rookie receivers with an “initiation” of sorts on the practice field. “I played against the best receiver in the league in Davante Adams all four years I’ve been here. I’m going to make it as hard as I can for those guys because I know on Sunday, it’s going to pay off. ‘Cause iron sharpens iron. And whatever I can do to help make them better, I’m going to do that.”
It’s nothing personal. It’s simply life in the NFL. Alexander plans on making sure the rooks understand that, too.
“You’ve gotta have a competitive edge,” said Alexander. “You can’t be too nice. They know, though. They know I’m going to challenge them.”
The challenge is already underway, too. Juwan Winfree caught a touchdown over Alexander during Tuesday’s practice, but Alexander made a play Wednesday by breaking up a pass during a two-minute drill.
“The day before, they did that same route and the receiver caught it on me and scored, in practice,” Alexander explained. “So, today, Aaron Rodgers was out there trying to be the superhuman alien like he is and try to score on me. And you, know I had to get it up out of here.
“And then I had to celebrate with my boys. That’s what we’re going to do all year.”
You can watch Alexanders’ full interview, below:
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