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Bills outside linebacker position may be up for grabs

By Brett Whitefield
Jul 11, 2017
Buffalo Bills Lorenzo Alexander Gerald Hodges

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Corey Coleman #19 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball as Ronald Darby #28 and Lorenzo Alexander #57 of the Buffalo Bills attempt to bring him down during the first quarter on December 18, 2016 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Cleveland 33-13. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
  • Buffalobills.com writer Canio Marasco speculates EDGE/LB Lorenzo Alexander may not be the Buffalo Bills starter on the outside despite playing there during OTAs. New head coach Sean McDermott will change the defense to a 4-3 front from a 3-4 where Alexander best fits on the edge.
  • In 2016 Alexander had a breakout campaign, earning the top grade of his career at 80.6 overall, which ranked 29th out of 109 qualifying edge defenders.
  • Alexander was very effective rushing the passer in 2016, producing a PRP of 11.0 which ranked 13th among 3-4 outside linebackers. Alexander converted 28.0 percent of his pressures into sacks, which ranked fifth among edge defenders.
  • Of the candidates likely to compete for a starting outside linebacker job, Gerald Hodges has the strongest track record in the NFL. Last year he ranked just outside of the top 20 among linebackers grading at 82.4 overall for the 49ers. Hodges had a career year in 2014 earning an 82.7 overall grade and ranking 16th among qualifying linebackers.

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