GREEN BAY – Rookie receivers Christian Watson, Roméo Doubs and Samori Touré already have enough challenges ahead of them. The expectations that come with replacing former Packers receiver Davante Adams, staying in Aaron Rodgers’ good graces, and the natural challenges that come with rookie life in the NFL are just the beginning.
Also add Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander to the list of upcoming challenges.
Alexander recently signed a massive contract and he has both the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro on his resume, so he knows how to be successful in the NFL.
A lot of that comes from the innate intensity within himself, but it’s also because he had to line up opposite Adams for the first four years of his career.
As we all know, Adams is arguably the best receiver in the NFL. Going against him really honed Alexander’s game and took Alexander to the next level.
Now, he’ll use that experience to help hone Packers receivers — and other receivers, in general — to prepare them as much as possible for the season ahead.
And Alexander doesn’t plan to give anyone a break along the way.
“Yeah, definitely,” Alexander told reporters when asked if he was going to provide rookie receivers with some sort of “initiation” on the practice field. “I played against the best receiver in the league at Davante Adams for the four years I was here. I’m going to make it as difficult as possible for these guys because I know Sunday is going to pay off. “Because iron sharpens iron. And anything I can do to help them get better, I will.”
It’s nothing personal. That’s just life in the NFL. Alexander plans to make sure the towers understand him as well.
“You have to have a competitive edge,” Alexander said. “You can’t be too nice. Yet they know. They know that I will challenge them.
The challenge is already underway, too. Juwan Winfree caught a touchdown against Alexander in Tuesday’s practice, but Alexander made a play Wednesday breaking up a pass during a two-minute drill.
“The day before they did the same course and the receiver caught me and scored, in practice,” explained Alexander. “So today Aaron Rodgers was out there trying to be the superhuman alien as he is and trying to score on me. And you know I had to get him out of here.
“And then I had to celebrate with my boys. That’s what we’re going to do all year.
You can watch the full Alexanders interview below:
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