Special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander makes NFC Pro Bowl roster

December 26, 2012

Redskins’ linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has made his first Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with 19 special teams tackles. (Ricky Carioti/Washington Post)

Washington Redskins special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander has made his first Pro Bowl, his agent announced via twitter Wednesday evening.

 The sixth-year pro, who also plays linebacker for the Redskins, made the team after leading the league with 19 special teams tackles and anchoring a kickoff unit that has limited opponents to 23.4 yards per kickoff return (seventh in the NFC).

 Alexander has consistently ranked among the special teams tacklers in the league, but routinely got overlooked partly because of the Redskins’ losing records.

 Alexander and his coaches say that he has been at his best this season after cutting even more weight and gaining speed, which has made him more unstoppable.

 “He’s been doing it since I’ve been here – the last two years at least,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “I’m surprised he hasn’t made the Pro Bowl. To play as consistent as he has the last couple years, I would think he would make it because he’s been such a dominating force on special teams. …Coaches eventually see guys that make plays and he’s been doing that this year when he’s been double and triple-teamed.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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