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Jets' Kwon-Alexander eyeing All-Pro, not just Pro Bowl

Ahmad Gardner already has the nickname 'The Source', butKwon Alexander brings his own confidence and energy to Jets training camp. I was. Just two weeks after Gang Green signed his one-year contract with the veteran linebacker, Alexander donned his Green visor at practice Wednesday with Gotham. Despite a late start, the 2017 Pro Bowlers still have very high expectations for the season.

"The Pro Bowl is cool, but I'm trying to be an All-Pro," Alexander said. "[I'm] going to change the whole game. Get everything together this year."

Missing Alexander at practice was tough. When he's not taking rep's, mostly with first-string players, the 28-year-old dances on the sidelines, hyping up teammates and high-fiving just about anyone he can get his hands on.

"I like to cheer people up," Alexander said after practice. "Our job is hard. We just want people to go out and have fun and feel like kids again."

Kwon Alexander
Noah K. Murray

Despite being the latest addition to the Jets' linebacker room, Alexander has already established himself as one of the group's leaders. I'm here. He got a unique handshake with each fellow linebacker on the roster, plus Jamian Sherwood and Hamsa Nasiruddin, 2021 draft picks who played safe in college before turning to linebacker.

"This is another position from safety to linebacker. After practice and such, we work on different things to get their eyes and movements right," says Alexander. said about the pair. "They're doing well. They've been working and polishing."

Kwon Alexander
Bill Costrone

Alexander now sits behind Marcel Harris for the starting weakside linebacker role with the Jets.It was an unofficial depth chart, but a strong preseason play made it easy. We have reached the starting point. In his 12 games for the Saints last year (8 starts), Alexander had 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

Alongside C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams, the battle for the final starting linebacker spot remains hotly contested, but judging by Alexander's supportive demeanor, that doesn't seem to be the case. Shortly after Nasirildeen broke his Joe Flacco throwing pass, Alexander ran up first and hugged his teammate.

"When the players play well, we go out and celebrate. It's a big thing for our room," Alexander said. "Make sure you see the big plays."

For now, Alexander is happy to be playing the sport he loves again.

"This is going to be a fun year," he said.