When the Bucs scored 31 points against Atlanta on Sunday, it’s easy to put all of the praise on the offense. They gave up 24 points, so it’s easy to assume the defense struggled against Matt Ryan and company.
But one player stood out among the rest: linebacker Kwon Alexander. He had a whopping 17 tackles. He also had a sack.
Remember what he did last year in the Georgia Dome? Let me remind you. Two days after his teenage brother was shot to death, Alexander forced two turnovers and had a third called back by a penalty. The Bucs won the game in overtime. Kwon earned a game ball for his effort.
He missed the last four games of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Buccaneers lost all four. Before he was sidelined, the team was 6-6 and in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Think his presence means something?
With Alexander and Lavonte David, Tampa Bay has a pretty dynamic 1-2 punch of linebackers. They’re worth keeping an eye on as the season moves on.
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