WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins could have Lorenzo Alexander making yet another position switch. Or at least they’re preparing him in case of emergency.
Alexander has been working a little bit with the tight ends recently.
“I may be taking a couple here and there,” Alexander told 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar and Dukes Wednesday afternoon when asked whether he was taking snaps on offense. “They’ve got me over there learning some of the tight end position. But it’s more so being ready like I was last year, instead of just throwing me in there when somebody got hurt. It’s more about just having me mentally ready, mentally sharp, so I can go in there and still do the same type of job that Darrel Young or Chris Cooley would do at fullback or that tiger tight end position.”
Another position switch would be fitting for a man who has seemly made a career of filling every hole imaginable on the team. During his NFL career, Alexander has shined on special teams, played on both the offensive and defensive lines and even had a previous stint at tight end.
Alexander has served as a backup outside linebacker in recent years, but has been earmarked to move to inside this season.
One player on the team joked that Alexander changes positions more often than a politician.
“I fill that niche as being that ‘One Man Gang’ and doing a lot of different things for the team,” he said. “That’s why I’ve been in the league for eight years and hopefully I can play four or five more years doing the same thing, if not eventually become the starter.”
He called his versatility a “blessing” and attributed it to his time at Cal.
As for his progress at tight end, Alexander has only taken “mental reps” thus far.
“I mean, you want to go back to the film in ’07 when I was beasting guys off the line of scrimmage,” he joked. “But I haven’t done it in a while. Obviously I’m a smaller guy now so it’s going to be a little bit more of just getting back in there and getting that technique back.”
Since his last stint on offense, defensive ends and outside linebackers have grown more athletic.
“Over-extending yourself and letting these guys throw you can happen easily if you haven’t done it enough,” he said, acknowledging he has a lot of work to do. “Watching Fred [Davis] and watching [Chris] Cooley and seeing how they approach it is really going to help me out in the meeting room and out at practice with them.”