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Lorenzo Alexander | Linebacker | #57

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/31/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: California
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Canio Marasco of buffalobills.com believes the Bills want someone other than Lorenzo Alexander to win the strong-side linebacker job.
Marasco writes someone else winning the job would allow Alexander to float around to multiple positions while continuing to stand out on special teams, and the most likely usurper is Gerald Hodges. In reality, the Bills will spend most of their time in sub packages anyway, meaning where he starts matters very little in the grand scheme of things. After he recorded 12.5 sacks in a breakout 2016, Buffalo should look to get Alexander rushing the passer as much as possible. Jul 11 - 9:12 AM

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Lorenzo Alexander will play strong-side linebacker this season.

Alexander broke out for 12.5 sacks at age 33 in Rex Ryan's 3-4 scheme last season. He will now play the Shaq Thompson role under 4-3 defensive mind Sean McDermott. Alexander stands to lose a ton of pass-rush opportunities, but he should remain a deeper IDP-league asset as a probable every-down linebacker whose tackle count will inevitably rise.
Jul 2 - 2:01 PM

Bills re-signed OLB/DE Lorenzo Alexander on a two-year, $9-million contract.

The deal includes $4.1 million guaranteed. Despite a 12.5-sack breakout in 2016, Alexander's age (34 in May) and lackluster track record (9 sacks entering the season) limited his market. Still, $9 million over two years is solid for a player who had primarily been a special teamer before last year. Now Alexander will turn his attention to replicating his success in a 4-3 defense which might not fit his skill set.
Mar 11 - 11:43 AM

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports the Bills are "making progress" with free agent Lorenzo Alexander.

Capaccio said "there's still work to be done," but acknowledged the two sides are hoping to have an agreement in place by Friday. Alexander is coming off his best season but it remains to be seen how he fits in Sean McDermott's new 4-3 scheme. The two-time Pro Bowler turns 34 in May.
Mar 9 - 11:30 PM

Free agent edge rusher Lorenzo Alexander's player rep will meet with the Bills at the Combine on Saturday.

Turning 34 in May, Alexander more than doubled his previous career sack total last season, but is a questionable fit for new coach Sean McDermott's 4-3 defense. Alexander will be a fascinating free agent case on the heels of his out of nowhere 12.-5-sack campaign.
Feb 28 - 7:00 PM

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

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

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