September 27, 2023

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Kwon Alexander returns to Ray Jay

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What does a lion, a tiger, and a gorilla have in common?  Fifth-year linebacker Kwon Alexander out of LSU.

The man is known as Li_Ti_Rilla and he makes his return to Ray Jay for the first time since signing a 4 year $54-million dollar deal with the 49ers. So, how does the LSU product drafted 124th overall in the 4th round consider himself part lion, part tiger, and part gorilla?

Making a statement

Between 2015-2018 Kwon amassed 380 total tackles, 7 sacks, 6 INT (1 for a TD), 6 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 22 pass deflections. In those 4 seasons, he was only named to the Pro Bowl once in 2017, but also missed 13 games due to injury with 3 in 2017, 10 in 2018, and 4 due to suspension in 2015.

Enter Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles

To say the new regime wanted the LB to return is an understatement as Coach Arians was quoted on Tuesday saying,

“We obviously wanted him back, but he hit the lottery so God Bless him.”

When asked about playing against the former linebacker in week 1, Arians said

“We know what his strengths and his weaknesses are.”


But was Kwon even worth the money?

Kwon Alexander ranks 2nd in the NFL with 78 missed tackles in a 4 year span. Did the Bucs make the right move letting him walk and drafting Devin White a few weeks later with the 5th overall pick? Maybe it isn’t a coincidence that White has taken over for Kwon at LSU and now with the Buccaneers.

Sunday afternoon will definitely be a story worth watching.