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Steelers Add Versatile Linebacker To Wrap Up Busy Offseason

To wrap up the Steelers busiest offseason ever, Omar Khan has gotten Mike Tomlin and Company some depth at the linebacker position by signing Kwon Alexander. Could he start next to Cole Holcomb? It’s possible. Alexander should pretty comfortably be the Steelers best coverage linebacker in a room full of run-stoppers.


A Long Road To Pittsburgh


Alexander has been all over the place in the NFL. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2015 after his three seasons at LSU, then he went to the 49ers, then the Saints before spending last year on a good Jets defense. This season, A newly 29-year-old Alexander gets to join an arguably better defense in Pittsburgh.



Last season with the Jets, Alexander found himself on the field for 49% of defensive snaps, posting one pass defended, one forced fumble, half a sack, and 69 combined tackles with 42 being solo to go with six tackles for loss. You probably remember the forced fumble, when he blew up the Giants running back at the line of scrimmage. We need some of that in Pittsburgh.


Potentially the best inside linebacker in the league, Fred Warner of the 49ers has described Alexander as his favorite teammate ever. The Hot Boyz in San Fran were fun to watch in their short time together, hopefully, Alexander can come in and have the same effect on the Steelers defense that’s already full of leaders.



Long Line Of Steelers Linebackers


As you can see in the tweet below from Chris Adamski of TribLIVE, the Steelers have had a rotating door of linebackers every year dating back to 2017. None of which have worked out. But this season the Steelers have almost entirely overhauled the positional group. Bringing in guys like Cole Holcomb, Elandon Roberts, Tanner Muse, and Nick Kwiatkoski, all veterans to go with the one guy who was on the team last season, Mark Robinson.


Kwon Alexander might be the most touted name. He’s known around the league as a dawg. Now he’s finally a Steeler. He came to Pittsburgh for a meeting months back and left without a deal, leading Steelers fans to believe there was no chance, but here we are. Alexander finally lands in the black and gold, and we’re happy to have him.




Still A Dawg?


Alexander has made his fair share of waves in the NFL. While it’s been up and down for him, everybody knows what he’s about. Alexander was a member of the 2015 NFL All-Rookie Team, Led the NFL in Solo Tackles in 2016 with 108, and even made the Pro Bowl in 2017. Per his social media, he’s ready to go and in great shape. Although his snap shares went down last year compared to years prior where he’s maintained a 70+% snap share, he’ll hopefully be fresh and ready to go for week one in a revenge game against his old pals, the 49ers.


 

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