Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander sees himself making the Pro Bowl in 2019
Jaire Alexander is confident heading into 2019. The young Green Bay Packers cornerback had an excellent rookie campaign last season, and is looking to build on it this year.
Speaking to reporters following a recent practice, Alexander set the bar high for himself.
“I just want to have a good year,” Alexander said, via the team’s official site. “I see myself in the Pro Bowl. I see myself as an All-Pro.”
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world,” he continued. “Last year was a great starting point for me, but this year is going to be my dog year. I’m putting my stamp on that.”
The Packers took Alexander, a Louisville product, 18th overall last season, and so far it’s been working out.
Alexander appeared in 13 games for the Packers last year, and started 11. He looked good when on the field, racking up 66 tackles, 11 passes defended, one interception, and two fumble recoveries. Alexander played lock down coverage, and opposing coaches continually said how impressed they were with him.
Pro Football Focus gave him solid grades all year, and he ended up grading out as PFF’s 30th-best corner for his rookie season. That’s not bad for a debut season where he missed a few games due to injury, and he should be able to build on it this season.
The Packers have a huge year ahead of them, as they look to get back to their winning ways after all the drama that has engulfed the storied franchise. They’re counting on their defense to step up and help lead them back to glory, and Alexander will be a huge part of that.