Wedge Scouting Report: Kwon Alexander

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    So you like linebackers?  So you need linebackers?  So you can’t wait to see them excel playing behind Suh?  Earthlings, you and I have something in common then!  I have an linebacker for you today.  His name is Kwon Alexander.

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     The LSU senior linebacker played all three linebacker positions during his time at LSU.  So you know he is versatile.  Solid against the run and solid in coverage.  Kwon probably projects best in the NFL as a weak side outside linebacker.

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     The Dolphins drafted a lot of SEC players last year, so you know they respect the SEC.  There are few teams in the SEC with more talent annually than LSU.  Kwon Alexander is another example of the depth of their talent.  In 2014 Kwon had over 100 tackles.  But before last season, he didn’t see the filed much playing behind a lot of talent at LSU.  In 2012 he only had 12 tackles and barely saw the field.  So I guess Kwon is fresh.

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     Kwon Alexander is known for his aggressiveness.  Sometimes e is a bit too aggressive and takes himself out of the play.  On the other hand, sometimes he takes the ballcarrier out of the play.  The 6-2, 227 pound linebacker is also known for his high motor.  So if he does take himself out of the play – he’s gonna find his way back in it.

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     Kwon Alexander had a great combine displaying his exceptional athleticism.  He ran the 40 in 4.55, he had 24 reps in the bench press and he jumped over 10 feet int he broad jump.  That athleticism, high motor and aggressiveness can really help out an NFL defense.  If I was going to compare Kwon Alexander to an Alien Weapon of Destruction I would compare him to a Gravity Motor Bike.  It never runs out of gas.  Pretty cool isn’t it!

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Watch Kwon against MSU

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128 Responses to Wedge Scouting Report: Kwon Alexander

  1. Rhino says:

    First? by accident?

  2. Rhino says:

    halftime of ND v Butler…

    “Kwon” ?? was he named after the newly invented word from Jerry McGuire?

  3. naplesfan2010 says:

    Is he #4 or 25?? … the still pics above seem to say 25 but the yellow boxes in the video seem to focus on #4.

  4. Brian in NY says:

    I have this gut feeling we go CB in the 1st.

  5. dbolt48 says:

    2 things that stand out

    1. Josh Robinson would be an excellent back in our scheme

    2. Kwon Alexander, if not moved to SS , won’t make it in the NFL.

  6. wyoming85 says:

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 17 (S.D.): DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (A)
    Round 2 Pick 15: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin (A)
    Round 2 Pick 16 (S.D.): Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart & William Smith (B-)
    Round 4 Pick 15: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (B)
    Round 5 Pick 13: Kevin White, CB, TCU (A)
    Round 5 Pick 14: Jake Ryan, OLB/ILB, Michigan (B-)
    Round 6 Pick 15: Chris Hackett, FS, TCU (C+)

  7. The Flying Pig says:

    He switched numbers from 4 tom25

    So hence both

  8. The Flying Pig says:

    Steve

    He can tackle and he is decisive
    I think if there is a problem it’s he is way to aggressive
    And I question his instincts

    We are talking about a 3rd round prospect at best

    They are going to have flaws the deeper you get in the draft

  9. Mike E. says:

    Kwon got washed out in almost every play he could have made the tackle, and other wise he was guessing wrong, and just running around the field. The only ballcarrier he was able to take down was the QB, and usually it was chasing from behind. He’s not a square up tackler, and I say no thank you. He also got credit for that FF, but it was #28 on LSU who actually stripped the ball.

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    When I saw him I thought wheeler too

    But he is a better tackler
    I just thing he is too aggressive and takes himself out of plays

    A lot of scouts like him
    He will probably be of the board in the 4th when we make our 3rd pick

    He is good in coverage
    I think that is one if the key reasons he is a popular prospect

  11. wyoming85 says:

    Rock
    Hobart & William Smith is a long name for a college! 😉

  12. Try Pod says:

    I was gonna read the article, but since everyone seems to hate the subject (in the article), I’m gonna watch Penguins of Madagascar, instead.

  13. wyoming85 says:

    I liked some of what I saw from Kwon last year
    fast!
    Miss steps sometimes
    Excellent motor

    Agree with Mike E Better suited at SS

  14. olddolphan says:

    ANOTHER TRULY FINE analysis, Mrt. Piggy. –In fact, it’s SO GOOO-O-O-D, I’m gonna have ANOTHER pork-free day in your honor.

  15. Tim Knight says:

    What’s up folks? Most of the snow is gone and some nicer weather is on its way. It’s nice and sunny today, a little chilly but no biggie.

    I was thinking today I’m not sure who we’re targeting in the draft but I would guess when we’re done we’ll have definitely drafted at least one LB, DB, OL and WR.

    • stangerx says:

      I agree those are the most likely candidates for rounds one and two (and for high-end signings before), but after that hard to tell. They could anywhere in the lower rounds. Not like they’ll plan on the guys being starters.

      • Tim Knight says:

        Yeah I wasn’t saying any particular round. Just that when it’s all said and done we’ll have at least one draftee at those 4 positions.

  16. getterdone says:

    Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner are currently penciled in as the Dolphins’ starting guards.
    Mike Pouncey and Daryn Colledge were the Dolphins’ starting right and left guards, respectively, last season, but Pouncey is moving back to center and Colledge is a free agent. The Dolphins also cut both Shelley Smith and Nate Garner. Thomas was one of the league’s worst players across 695 snaps last season, while Turner played just 17 snaps as a third-round rookie.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Was thinking about how deep we are on the DL, or should I say potentially deep if some of the young guys step it up a notch. The competition in camp should be interesting to watch unfold. Right now we have 12 DL on our roster. Some of these guys will have a hard time making this team, but you never know until they compete. I doubt we add anymore DL in FA or the draft.

    DT Suh, Mitchell, A. Johnson, Francis, K.Johnson, Coleman
    DE Wake, Vernon, Jordan, Shelby, Fede, Dieke

    Shelby and Fede can also line up at DT on passing downs.

    It’s possible McCain will be worked at OLB and I remember reading the coaches like him at LB. He can also serve as an edge rusher but we might see him developed more exclusively at OLB. That would add some needed competition at OLB.

    • stangerx says:

      Outstanding depth. Have to wonder if some of the young players progressing there are because of who they are learning from in practice and meeting rooms.

      Given the depth their and lack of high-end talent at LB…….still don’t think the 5-2 is going away, especially cause Jordan’s skills would let us line up either in a 5-2 or 4-3 with the same group of people on the field.

  18. Tim Knight says:

    Let’s not forget Thomas had to wear a lot of hats last year playing both guard and tackle because we needed him to. He’s in his 3rd year and this is the season he has to show what he really is.

    • steveccnv says:

      I liked what I saw from Thomas’ college tape when he played guard, not so much at tackle, then when I watched him at guard on Ju’wuan’s tape he didn’t look as good. Maybe I was just comparing him to James though, who looked far and above Thomas.

  19. stangerx says:

    So had an interesting experience last night. Had one of those dining in the dark experiences. Not sure I’d do it again but pretty cool. You’d be amazed at how greatly you ID what you are eating by sight rather than smell and actual taste.

  20. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, good points on the 5-2 which is a form of the 3-4 philosophy but the way we played it was interesting. 4 down lineman, one edge rusher on the weak side standing up and two ILBs. So that could be:

    LDE Wake
    LDT Suh
    RDT Mitchell
    RDE Fede
    OLB Vernon/Jordan

    LB Misi
    LB Jenkins

    We have a few combos we could go with. Vernon and Jordan could also play RDE with McCain as the OLB. We have a lot of athletic guys up front. Shelby gives Wake a breather at LDE at times and can also slide inside in some nickel/dime formations.

    • stangerx says:

      I’m really hoping we see Jordan get some OLB-type reps in camp. Will be a good sign they’ve found a way to get him on the field a bunch, whether in a 5-2 like you put out or lining up in the 4-3 (but even if he does line up there you figure he’d be rushing a bunch anyhow).

  21. getterdone says:

    ROTFLMAO!

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly
    “@Jmess1485: dude covers the fins doesn’t even know the schedule…”» maybe cause I kinda have a life & things to do. Sorry!

  22. steveccnv says:

    Coyle must find a permanent home for Jordan this yr, I don’t mean he must stay at only one position he can move him around in different packages, but he must start him. He’s a playmaker that can rush the QB and cover, so it should be obvious OLB. It’s not that hard Kevie!

    • stangerx says:

      Yep — And they need something more than just 3rd DE. Wake and Vernon play a lot of reps, but even as I write that realize they did seem to tire out at the end of games last year. So maybe just moving Jordan in as an equal rotation guy would keep them all fresh.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Dion must earn that, I think you have it backwards.

  23. Tim Knight says:

    Our secondary at this time regardless of injury status.
    CB Grimes, Taylor, McCain, Davis, Rose, Seamster
    S R. Jones, Delmas, Aikens, Thomas, Kovacs, D. Jones, Gary

    Let the young guys battle it out for a few spots. I expect us to add another DB in the draft.

  24. Tim Knight says:

    I still don’t get this idea that Jordan doesn’t play. He hasn’t earned his place to start because he’s NOT better than Wake or Vernon and he’s had personal setbacks his first two seasons, no?

    The coaches have used him at DE, OLB and even MLB and DT on passing situations. He plays on coverage teams and kicking teams as well.

    When is it time for Dion to take the next step? That’s where I am with him. It’s time for him to have a clean offseason and take the next step. It’s not the coaches because other players have developed and taken the next step under this staff.

    • stangerx says:

      Quick search and saw that as of Dec 12 (so not end of the season), Jordan had played 34% of our defensive snaps. Yeah that’s playing, but not exactly what you are looking for from a #3 overall pick with all those physical tools.

    • steveccnv says:

      The idea comes from Jordan playing only about half the plays Wake plays, sure he’s had some issues and others like OV and Shelby have stepped up, but I really don’t care. You have a guy with so much talent just put him on the field and let him figure it out there.

  25. Tim Knight says:

    The #3 pick doesn’t matter. You have to prove it on the field. Vernon Gholston was the #6 pick back in 2008 for the Jets. He’s out of the league. So far Dion is on the bust trail. I thought he looked better his rookie season than last season. This is a big year for him to make it impossible for the coaches to keep him off the field, it’s not the other way around.

  26. getterdone says:

    Until we know what Dion Jordan’s offseason program consisted of, we can only speculate where the coaches see or want him to play.
    We all know he has the skill to play. I just hope the Phins staff points him in the right direction and commit to it, Dion must as well.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I agree. I’ve seen how jordan could be special if used correctly. I actually liked seeing him covering TEs and big recievers. The dude can run. I have a feeling we’re gonna see him in olb position more often this year.

  27. Tim Knight says:

    Steve and Stanger, when Jordan is out there have you been seeing special? I haven’t. He flashes, but he’s not developing at the rate that Vernon or Jenkins did from year one to two. Under this staff Shelby has developed. Rookies A. Johnson was in the DT rotation until he got hurt and Fede earned some snaps too. Those are UDFA and a 7th round pick.

    It’s on Jordan now. The light has to go on. No shoulder injuries, suspensions for PEDs and rehab.

    • stangerx says:

      Nope — haven’t seen special, but at the same time he is a DE who has the speed of a safety. Maybe Steve and I just want to explore the upside of that, and in my case it includes getting him reps at SOLB.

    • steveccnv says:

      I’ve seen him play his best in coverage, rushing he seems to hesitate.

  28. manitobafinfan says:

    I tend to agree with Tim on this.. It is not Jordans fault he was the #3 pick in the draft anymore than it was Ginn’s fault he was # 9.. Regardless of his drafted position,Ball is in his court to prove himself at something … and i REALLLLLLY hope he does..

    • stangerx says:

      Toba — hope is what it is about. He’s got two years left on his contract. Without even looking at the draft value we put into him……would like to get something for the money.

      And yeah we’ll have the 5th year pick-up option, but if the decision was made today don’t think we’d be picking-up.

  29. BoulderPhinfan says:

    our defense has gotten worst every year since philbin arrived. I doubt even suh can put a dent on that trend. We’ll see.

  30. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, I’d use Jordan at RDE and OLB in the 5-2 and in other passing down blitz schemes where he can attack the backfield or drop into zone blitz coverage. At 6-6 260+ and 4.5 speed I want him at the LOS most of the time.

    I see McCain who isn’t as big as Jordan as the more likely OLB candidate.
    OLB Jenkins, McCain, *Sheppard, *Tripp, *Knott
    MLB Misi, *Sheppard, *Tripp, *Knott

    I think we’ll draft another LB within the first 4 rounds. I would not be surprised if we did some trading up and turned 6 picks into 3 to land prospects we think can help us sooner than later. We have a lot of young bubble players competing for playing time already. We need impact types now.

    • steveccnv says:

      Turning 6 picks into 3 isn’t going to happen, because those 4 picks from 4 on don’t have much trade value, but we could trade out of 14 and make it happen.

      I understand what you’re saying though, you’d rather have 3 guys that aren’t projects, instead of getting a first rounder that is ready now and 4/5 guys that will need time.

    • stangerx says:

      If we do the 5-2 (which I like…..it’s a different scheme to game plan against), don’t see how Jordan couldn’t be part of it. And I think it most likely that we bring in or draft a high-quality LB, but at the same time you switch Jordan to OLB and it sure does free up our options in other areas.

      At the least, wouldn’t mind taking him of STs and adding TE coverage specialist to his resume. From brief looks, seems he’s already pretty good at that already.

  31. finfanrob says:

    manitobafinfan says:
    March 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I tend to agree with Tim on this.. It is not Jordans fault he was the #3 pick in the draft anymore than it was Ginn’s fault he was # 9

    well based on that thought process there has never ever been a busted draft pick. i mean it wasnt leaf’s fault he was drafted.

  32. manitobafinfan says:

    Well time to clean the house, i will be busy for a week.. LOL

    Later Guys..

    • steveccnv says:

      We don’t even know what we have this yr and already you want to clean house, sure let’s blow it up again after we just got rid of all those starters… 😛

    • stangerx says:

      Didn’t know Toba was in the head office for the Saints. 🙂

  33. Tim Knight says:

    Steve, we found 3 good UDFAs last year in A. Johnson, D. Williams and C. McCain. What if we stayed put at #14 and even in the 2nd, but then packaged our 4, 5a and 6 to get back into the 3rd for a guy we really liked. Okay so we still have our 5b left for another prospect. 😉

    • steveccnv says:

      Is that enough compensation? It better be someone we really like too, because those later picks are a crap shoot, but a necessity to keep the cap in order, you must land on some of the later round guys.

      • Tim Knight says:

        It could be a deal with a team that wants more picks and we want to move up. Different strokes for different folks.

        We have a lot of later round and UDFA types competing for jobs. I don’t think we need 3 or 4 more of them.

    • getterdone says:

      Good points to consider.

  34. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, Jordan is actually very good on STs and he has always played on them.

    I’m not as concerned about the defense as I was before we signed Suh and then CB McCain. He’s a smaller corner but could be that quick twitch guy we need covering those pesky slot WRs.

    If we go corner at some point in the draft we should look for some length for the perimeter. Our corners lack some height.

  35. getterdone says:

    #20 Jake Knott. I like his size, his patience, coverage ability, and he seems good at wrapping up. He could emerge in his 3rd year at least as a good ST player.

  36. getterdone says:

    Free agent OLB/DE Michael Sam ran unofficial 5.10 and 5.07 forties at the Veteran Combine on Sunday.
    ____________________
    Not good. He must have lead in his ass….oh, wait…….. 😳

  37. Tim Knight says:

    GD, I think Knott has played a lot of STs excels in that role.

  38. getterdone says:

    WOW!

    Retired ILB Chris Borland has agreed to pay back three-quarters of his 2014 signing bonus.
    Borland’s signing bonus was $617,436 on a four-year deal. Some people have apparently been criticizing Borland for calling it quits after one NFL season out of concern for his own long-term health. Some of them went so far as to claim Borland was “stealing” the 49ers’ money. Well, he wasn’t.

  39. dbolt48 says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm
    His profile coming out of college suggested he excelled on STs. He might only end up being a Trusnik/Freeny role type player but you need guys like this.

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jake-knott?id=2539950
    *

    Ben Heeney is a very similar player.

  40. Mike E. says:

    Stanger

    I could never eat in the dark. I don’t trust anyone enough to go through with something like that.

    “That wasn’t bad, I liked the sauce, but the meat was a little dry and soft and didn’t love the taste”.
    “Yeah honey, that was shit marinara”.
    LOL

  41. The Flying Pig says:

    I actuallly think Borland should be able to keep his signing bonus

    If the bonus wasn’t contingent on the guy playing all 4 years (which I doubt it was) then its payment for signing the contract. The consideration (exchange) is giving the 49ers exlusive rights to him during those 4 years not whether he plays or not. If he was injured would anyone expect him to pay back his signing bonus.

    He should keep the money. This kid is too nice giving it back. Fuck the criticsim. People won;t remember you in a couple of years.

    • stangerx says:

      Pig — think Ricky wanted to hire you……but he had no cell reception in the outback. 🙂

      • The Flying Pig says:

        I wonder about these contracts and what they say about signing bonuses and some one playing the whole contract

        If they specify you have to give up the $ if you retire early, there is no fighting it

        If they don’t, the interpreation should not favor the draftee of the contract (the team)

        My understanding was that Ricky’s contract was pretty clear – he was fucked
        Not to mention, the was a drug suspension looming which he may have avoided with the early retirement.

        It really is about what the contract said. But that link about Borland says he “agreed to” as if he didn;t have to under his contract. Or maybe he did and they just settled before their was a contraversy. But assuming there is not screw giving the money back.

      • stangerx says:

        Pig — it does come down to the contract. Think the big issue is the signing bonus. You sign for four years and quit with no physical reason after one year…….they want 75% of it back. Sorta makes sense though.

    • steveccnv says:

      He didn’t have to pay the money back that shouldn’t even be in the discussion, seems like he didn’t want to hear it any longer that he stole the money.

  42. finfanrob says:

    “Yeah honey, that was shit marinara”.

    alex, what is why david turns out the lights before dinner.

  43. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    March 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Jamarcus Russell stole money, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Phillip Wheeler….lol

    no no no, pay attentions. it was their fault they were drafted.

  44. finfanrob says:

    lol at stangers lights out dinner.

    yeah i can see now why mike said shit marinara. i mean eating in the dark and one slip of the tongue and you are ………well i think you get it.

  45. Mike E. says:

    LMAO @ FFR – Very funny

  46. steveccnv says:

    Referring to Knott and being good on special teams… Anyone can be good on ST, if they give effort, don’t take things for granted, and pay attention. It always amazes me why I see an NFL player not follow the 3 things I just mentioned, I mean what those guys get paid, they shouldn’t ever make a mental mistake on ST. They don’t have to think about what the play is or what defense to run, it’s just basic football.

    When I played on the kick return team I was on the right end (one of the 5 guys 10 yrds off of the ball before kick-off), and I would think how easy it was to pull off an onside kick, because most guys in high school didn’t pay attention to that. I never took my eye off of the ball until it went over my head.

    On the punting team our opponent (Miami Jackson) ran the same punt return wall twice in a row and the other guys on my side still went to the opposite side where the ball was, instead of staying in their lanes.

  47. getterdone says:

    Trey Wingo on Twitter
    The Dolphins reportedly plan to “talk with” free agent WR Greg Jennings.
    Jennings trekked to Carolina for a free agent visit on Saturday, but is expected to flirt with more teams before choosing a destination. Jennings is presumably tight with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, a former Packers coordinator.

  48. Mike E. says:

    I wouldn’t mind Jennings, and then draft a stud WR in the 1st or 2nd. Jennings probably has at least 1 or 2 good years left in him.

  49. jetsssuck says:

    don’t forget to tell all your friends tomorrow is the DIABETES summit and its free online.Lots of experts will be discussing diabetes and the race to find a cure.
    http://thediabetessummit.com/event

  50. Mike E. says:

    I start jury duty tomorrow. What really sucks is, my company doesn’t pay employees who are out on jury duty. I think it should mandatory.

    • jetsssuck says:

      don’t u have personal days off (pto) ? I won’t make sure I wouldn’t get selected. I once told the judge I wouldn’t be a good juror because I was on oxycotin and I believe pot should be legal. Guy they were trying to put away was charged with trafficking. I got dismissed from trial.

    • wyoming85 says:

      They always ask the question that will get you kicked out sooner or later!

  51. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    March 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I start jury duty tomorrow. What really sucks is, my company doesn’t pay employees who are out on jury duty. I think it should mandatory.

    oh just shut up. what next? next you will be wanting mandated health care.

  52. finfanrob says:

    jetsssuck says:
    March 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    don’t u have personal days off (pto) ? I won’t make sure I wouldn’t get selected.

    me either. i just asked the judge if the courtroom had free wifi, he asked why, i said duh, how else can i Skype with your wife when you are not home

  53. jetsssuck says:

    I did this once at work where I placed the fart machine by the community copier machine and I activated it remotely. I had a blast for a couple of days

  54. wyoming85 says:

    Round 1 Pick 21 (CINN): Eric Kendricks, ILB/OLB, UCLA (B)
    Round 2 Pick 15: Cody Prewitt, FS, Ole Miss (B)
    Round 2 Pick 21 (CINN): Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart & William Smith (B)
    Round 3 Pick 21 (CINN): B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State (B-)
    Round 4 Pick 15: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina (A)
    Round 5 Pick 13: Kevin White, CB, TCU (A)
    Round 5 Pick 14: Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn (A)
    Round 6 Pick 15: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State (A-)

  55. new age says:

    Good stuff wedge!

  56. steveccnv says:

    Why do we want Greg Jennings?

    Jennings reminds us a little too much of current Panthers wideout Jerricho Cotchery at this stage of his career. They are both trusty hands that would best be used in reserve roles rather than a starting position.

    • new age says:

      I think Jennings would be fine but I do prefer the younger Crabtree.

    • steveccnv says:

      Nothing seems to be officially scheduled, as of now, and the team could wait until after the owners meeting to have everyone return to Miami before sitting down with Jennings.

      The Dolphins could also still sign Crabtree, who was the San Francisco 49ers’ first-round pick in 2009. He is expected to receive a deal in the $3.5-4 million per season range, and the Dolphins are thought to still be in contact with the wideout.

  57. Brian in NY says:

    14: R1P14
    WR AMARI COOPER
    ALABAMA
    47: R2P15
    RB TODD GURLEY
    GEORGIA
    111: R4P15
    G JOSUE MATIAS
    FLORIDA STATE
    141: R5P13
    S JORDAN RICHARDS
    STANFORD
    142: R5P14
    CB LORENZO DOSS
    TULANE
    175: R6P15
    S ADRIAN AMOS
    PENN STATE

  58. Brian in NY says:

    Here’s a bit of info on Crabtree:

    Michael Crabtree, wide receiver: It wasn’t so long ago that Crabtree put up 1,100 yards on a run-first offense, including two 100-yard games in the playoffs. Crabtree is only 27 years old, but he had the lower leg issues of a much older player last season. NFL Media’s Albert Breer says coaches thought he “slowed down” and teams could be concerned about his attitude.

    Crabtree visited the Dolphins last week, and it’s possible that he’s priced himself out of a market. Teams don’t want a guy that sees himself as a No. 1 receiver when teams aren’t sure if he’ll start.

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