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Lorenzo Alexander | Linebacker | #57

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: California
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Impending free agent Lorenzo Alexander said the Bills' quarterback situation will be a "factor" in whether he decides to re-sign with Buffalo.
Alexander is putting his full support behind Tyrod Taylor. It's doubtful Alexander would make his decision solely on who the quarterback is, but he's obviously a big fan of Tyrod and hopes the Bills feel the same way. In response to questions about whether he'd be a fit for new coach Sean McDermott's 4-3 defense, Alexander said, "I'm a football player. I fit in any scheme." The 33-year-old enjoyed a career year in 2016, leading the Bills with 12.5 sacks. Feb 3 - 2:28 PM

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Impending free agent OLB Lorenzo Alexander said the Bills have "reached out" to him.

Alexander does not seem to be a scheme fit in new coach Sean McDermott's 4-3, but he said he "would love to go back" to Buffalo, and the feeling is seemingly mutual. "They want me to be back," Alexander said of the Bills. "I’m waiting to see what all the offers are on the table. My wife and I will sit down and make the best decision for ourselves." The Bills cannot re-sign Alexander until the start of free agency because he played on a minimum-salary contract in 2016, so he will get to see everything the market has to offer before making his decision. Despite entering the season with nine sacks total at age 33, Alexander recorded 12.5 sacks and forced four turnovers in what was easily a career year.
Jan 28 - 1:18 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak doesn't envision impending free agent OLB Lorenzo Alexander being a "system fit" in new coach Sean McDermott's defense.

Alexander is coming off a career year at 33 years old after tallying 12.5 sacks, tying for third-most in the league. He entered 2016 with nine career sacks across his previous 127 games. We're not saying Alexander can't repeat it at age 34, but this was likely an outlier year. A stand-up edge rusher for previous coach Rex Ryan, Alexander has never really played with his hand in the dirt.
Jan 25 - 11:41 AM

Impending free agent OLB Lorenzo Alexander said his agent has had "preliminary discussions" with the Bills about re-signing.

A special teamer early in his career, Alexander has quietly become one of the best pass-rushers in football. His 12.5 sacks were tied for third-most in the league this season. Alexander isn't going to get a long-term deal at age 33, but he should attract ample interest on the open market.
Jan 2 - 8:50 PM

Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) is practicing Saturday.

Alexander returned to a limited practice Friday, and this session suggests he has a good shot to suit up Monday night in Seattle. The NFL's sack leader should have a field day against one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:55:00 AM

Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring) thinks he has a chance to play Week 9 against the Seahawks.

The Bills play on Monday night this week, and Alexander thinks the extra time could allow him to play. "I’ve got eight days to recover," Alexander said. "I’ve had something similar to this before and was able to play the next week, so I’m confident in our training staff and myself to get ready." Alexander leads the league with nine sacks this season.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Bills OLB Lorenzo Alexander left Sunday's Week 8 game against the Patriots with a right hamstring injury and will not return.

He logged one tackle before exiting early in the second quarter. Alexander entered Sunday with a league-high nine sacks. Rookie Shaq Lawson should see increased snaps in his absence.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 02:01:00 PM

The Bills currently have Lorenzo Alexander penciled in opposite OLB Jerry Hughes.

The Bills have left open the door for a "young player" to step up, but Alexander is the favorite as the team waits on Shaq Lawson (shoulder) to get healthy. A 33-year-old journeyman, Alexander has made three starts since the end of the 2010 season.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Bills signed OLB Lorenzo Alexander.

In the league for a decade, Alexander is a core special teamer. Going on 33, the kick team will be his sole focus in camp.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Free agents OLB Lorenzo Alexander and S Colt Anderson are visiting the Bills on Friday.

Both are veteran special teams players. Alexander inked a three-year, $9.5 million pact with Arizona in March 2013 but never made an impact in the desert and spent last season chasing down kicks and punts for the Raiders.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 10:54:00 AM

Raiders signed ILB Lorenzo Alexander.

Alexander was part of Arizona's first cuts. He has experience at both inside and outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. A special teams standout, Alexander's signing could pose a threat to Sio Moore's roster spot.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Cardinals released ILB Lorenzo Alexander.

Alexander appeared in all 16 games last season, but was greatly diminished after suffering a Lisfranc injury in 2013. Now 32, it could be a while before Alexander gets a shot elsewhere. It's possible he's played his final down.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says ILB Lorenzo Alexander is "finally healthy" following his 2013 Lisfranc injury.

The implication being, Alexander was at far less than 100 percent last season, where he appeared in all 16 games. Alexander started three games on the outside before going down in 2013. He was officially moved to inside linebacker last offseason. Although he was running with the first-team on Thursday, that won't be the case come Week 1.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 04:21:00 PM

The Cardinals are moving OLB Lorenzo Alexander to inside linebacker.

It never made sense to have Alexander on the outside in Arizona's 3-4 defense in the first place. He doesn't bring anything to the table as a pass rusher. At inside 'backer, Alexander will compete for playing time behind Daryl Washington and Kevin Minter. Alexander is an ace on special teams.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Lorenzo Alexander (Lisfranc) said he plans to participate in OTAs and minicamp.

Alexander tore his right Lisfranc tendon on Sept. 22, 2013. He'll likely be a limited participant in the offseason program and then ramp up his activity at training camp. If healthy, Alexander is an elite special teamer and quality depth at the outside 'backer spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 09:32:00 AM

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GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
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2Marcus Easley
3Kolby Listenbee
WR21Walter Powell
2Dezmin Lewis
WR31Dezmin Lewis
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Blake Annen
4Gerald Christian
5Logan Thomas
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Michael Ola
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
RG1John Miller
2Patrick Lewis
RT1Seantrel Henderson
2Cyrus Kouandjio
K1Dan Carpenter